Jiaoxi hot springs are rich in minerals and these
promote plant growth and add to the nutritional
value of vegetables. The field are watered with
hot spring water of 22°C~33°C, the ideal temperature
for growing vegetables, allowing excellent
vegetables to be grown and establishing a unique brand for Jiaoxi farm produce!
The main variety of tomato grown in Jiaoxi is Momotarō . The growing period is January-April. When the fruit is ripe it is bright red; the flesh is soft, pleasantly chewy and sweet. No matter if they are eaten as fruit raw or are cooked in dishes, they have a fresh, sweet taste.
Hot spring water of 26-30℃ is used to grow water spinach (swamp cabbage). The main variety has white stems and big leaves, and the growing period is from March to November. Water spinach grows fast and can be harvested once every two weeks. The water spinach grow in Jiaoxi has fat stems and big leaves and is excellent. No matter what cooking method is used, it stays crispy and tasty and has thus become of the most renowned Jiaoxi hot spring vegetable.
The water bamboo shoot fields in Jiaoxi are irrigated using hot spring water; most of the shoots grown are “red shell” water bamboo shoots, grown between September and November. The shoots are tender, pure white, crispy and sweet, and of excellent quality, making them a much sought after food after Mid-Autumn Festival.
The towel gourds grown in Jiaoxi are longer than in other areas; when they are cooked the fibers are tender and they don’t turn black. They are pleasantly sweet, tasty and refreshing and are loved by consumers. The petals of the flowers can be dipped in batter and then deep fried, the crispy texture and delicate appearance providing a treat for the taste buds and eyes.
Oval kumquat, only grown in Yilan, are produced in abundance in the Dajiao, Xiaojiao and Linmei creek areas. The kumquat grown in the area are large and evenly shaped, with a golden luster in the green color. The skin is thin and soft, the juice is sour with a hint of sweetness;the kumquats can be eaten with the skin raw;they are rich in Vitamin C.
To encourage the eating of high quality rice, the Jiaoxi Farmers Association brought out a branded hot springs fragrant rice. This specially-bred high quality variety is superior to the mass produced varieties.The main features of the rice is that it has the aroma of taro when cooked and in appealing in appearance, taste and stickiness. This is one of the most distinctive varieties of rice in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s first rice noodles made from hot springs rice are made in Jiaoxi. Made using the ice water rice milling method and an innovative process, the noodles are tasty, chewy and easy to digest as well as being hygienic and healthy. This product came top in the 10 most popular classic travel gifts vote in 2010 and 2011.