Lotus blossom in Summer
By David Hsu, Special to The China Post
July 27, 2009, 9:21 am TWN
Summer is now in its hottest period with temperatures having reached as high as 35 degree Celsius in the past few days forcing people to find cool places.
However, the high temperature period is also the blossom period of lotuses. The lotuses are now in full blossom in the Lotus Pool of the Taipei Botanical Garden at Nanhai (南海) Rd. Almost every morning, photographers gather around the pool to take photos of the beautiful flowers. It is the nearest site to see lotus blossoms for Taipei residents.
In Taiwan, there are two major places where one can see the spectacular view of blooming lotuses. They are Paihe (白河) in Tainan (台南) County and Guanyin Township (觀音鄉) in Taoyuan (桃園) County. Both places hold Lotus Festivals annually in July to celebrate the blossoming of the flower.
Chinese love lotus more than any other people in the world. They consider the lotus a symbol for gentlepersons who are blessed with pure, clean and perfect spirits, even though they may live in a dirty environment and hard surroundings.
Besides, the lotus is also a practical plant. It can be used for many popular dishes and soups, such as soup of sparerib (pork) with lotus root as well as a sweet soup made of lotus seeds and white edible tree fungus. The other parts of the lotus such as leaves, stems and cupules can also be used in Chinese herbs.