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Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party

One day when our family was relishing the pineapple, my son asked a question out of the blue, “ The pineapple peels are prickly. How to harvest pineapples? Do farmers get cuts?” My daughter replied, “Try and you’ll know the answer.” Then they started to feel the excitement and exclaimed they want to pick the pineapples. Their mom searched online to find pineapple farms in southern Taiwan and found “Homchi Organic Farm” in Gaoshu, Pingtung. So we went pineapple and dragon fruit picking that weekend.

Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
A stone with the farm’s name at the entrance. You are in the right direction when seeing it.
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
The farm is very green with rich ecology
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Mother XU showed us to the spacious classroom for multiple purposes
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Mr. Zherong XU is knowledgeable and willing to share

“Wow, what a huge pineapple field!” As gasping in admiration, we felt lucky wearing the bamboo hat, otherwise, it would be a bummer if we got sunburn. The scorching sun couldn’t stop the kids from exploring with Mr. XU.

Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
The vast pineapple field is against the blue sky and white clouds. What a view!
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
The kids jokingly called this the “pineapple twins”
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
To our surprise, the tough look pineapple blooms the adorable flower

The experience area had been trimmed so that visitors could have an easy access into the field. The black net covering on top is to shield the pineapples from sunburn. <br/>“Pineapples need shields?” asked my daughter. <br/>“Yes! Pineapples are juicy and they can be easily burned in the summer time so they need to be bagged or covered with nets to avoid getting burned. answered Mr.XU. <br/>The kids wore the gloves, walked into the field, uncovered the net and looked for their targets. They kept asking Mr.XU, “Is this one edible now?” , “Is this one sweet?”<br/>Wanna know how to pick the sweet and tasty pineapples? Come to Homchi and ask Mr.XU!<br/>

Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Grabbing the crown, pressing it down swiftly and here you go, the pineapple!

Everyone held the heavy pineapple picked by themselves and moved forward to the next station and picked the dragon fruits! First time in the dragon fruit garden, we didn’t know dragon fruits are grown on stems that are deeply angled, with three wavy ribs and spines! The tip of picking dragon fruits is to cut it off the stalk along the bottom shape of the fruit. I had a hard time picking the fruit with the stalk.

Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Because I really didn’t want to cut it off the stalk.
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Kids were attracted by something with a peculiar shape, the flower of dragon fruits

After we brought our trophy back to the classroom, Mother Xu peeled the fruits and cut them into cubes right away and also made a pot of fragrant healthy Chinese toon tea for us. I felt a great sense of achievement savoring the pineapples and dragon fruits harvested by ourselves.

Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Enjoying the sweet fruits harvested on our own

<br/>Homchi Organic Farm is like a classroom full of natures. Mr. XU showed us around on the farm and introduced more than 30 kinds of plants to us. He mentioned the farm grows a variety of plants with small amounts each, including Chinese toon, olives, jequirity beans, etc., to bring visitors a diversified ecological experiences. On that day, my kids and I satisfied our palates on Homchi Farm where I highly recommend for a family tour.<br/>

Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
You may have heard about jequirity bean, but have you seen its pods?
Coming to Homchi Organic for a Fun Summer Party
Barringtonia racemosa blooms at night and withers the next day