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Origin ››› A 100-year-old Star Fruit Tree
 

The Sweet Story Started with
 a 100-year-old Star Fruit Tree Called A-wan

 

 “A-wan is the spirit of perseverance, and nature is the power of health!”

 

There is a small hill called “Hill of Hope” in the southeast part of our school, Changhua County Chang-Sing Junior High School. On the slope of the hill are many fruit trees, including star fruit, longan and mango. A number of fragrant herbs like magnolia flower are also found there.

Planted in the period from 1871 to 1908, a 100-year-old star fruit tree is the oldest one among the trees. As over 10,000 star fruits can be collected from it annually, it is called as “A-wan” by Ms. Cai-han Yang, the owner of the Hill of Hope.

 

Hill of Hope (filmed by ourselves)

 

Here is the story about A-wan ~~

The great-grand father of Ms. Cai-han Yang planted A-wan over 100 years ago. Since then, the star fruit tree, along with others on the hill, have been carefully cultivated by her great-grandfather, grandfather and father. To reward them, A-wan has offered numerous star fruits. But 15 years ago, Ms. Cai-han Yang and her family left the Hill of Hope and A-wan. With great expectation for the prosperous metropolitan life, the young Ms. Cai-han Yang sought a job in a Japanese department store, responsible for planning.

Due to the busy work in the company, Ms. Cai-han Yang gradually suffered from aching shoulders and back though she used to be physically agile in the mountain. So, she told herself, “Maybe it’s time to go back to the hometown, cultivating the paddy fields on the hill.”

Without any delay, she collected her luggage and returned to the hometown. The moment she opened the rusty iron gate of the Hill of Hope, the upright A-wan greeted her with waves of fragrance of star fruits. The windfalls on the ground also amazed her for a long time:

 

a 100-year-old Star Fruit Tree Called A-wan

 

It seems that you have always been safeguarding the home.
We gave up on you,
But you have been sacrificing yourself for the land in silence.
Over the past 15 years, it have never been watered, fertilized, trimmed or glanced at,
But you are still strong.
You are old now, but still fruitful.

 

At the sight of A-wan, Ms. Cai-han Yang suddenly came to realize that her health had deteriorated significantly though she had much nutritious food for health enhancement. The development of A-wan showed that nature is the rule for health. For a whole month, she collected and counted all the windfalls. It turned out to be 10,000. That’s where it got its name “A-wan” (literally meaning “ten thousand” in Chinese).

A-wan is the spirit of perseverance, and nature is the power of health! For the past 15 years, 15,000 star fruits fell onto the ground. Seeing that A-wan is still making its contribution, Ms. Cai-han Yang hopes that the fruit will be brought onto dinner tables.

What can she do for A-wan is to publicize the lifestyle featuring a natural diet with its fruits.

        

The windfalls on the ground               Pick up the windfalls  tables

 

Bring A-wan’s fruits onto dinner


 Source:

• An interview with Ms. Cai-han Yang
• Hill of Hope on December 4, 2015. Source: http://many168.blogspot.tw/


Source of photo:

• Taken by the team of Stars on the Tree

 

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