These two legendary fruit trees are actually worth over $100 million 139
It's that time of year again when Lingnan's best fruit, yellow skin, is on the market. Today we're talking about two legendary yellow skin fruit trees. Is it possible that one tree is worth hundreds of millions of yuan? Barring speculation, theoretically no, but in Yunan County, Guangdong Province, there are two yellow-skinned trees that bring more than 200 million yuan of production value to this small county every year, and to say that they are worth more than 100 million is an understatement, because these two trees, over 80 years old, have been like an inexhaustible pot of treasure, bringing endless wealth to the people who live here year after year.
The legend of the two yellow-skinned trees in Yunan County, in western Guangdong, the "Hometown of Chinese Coreless Yellow Bark", began in 1931. In 1932, Zeng Naizhen returned to his hometown, first as a teacher at the First Secondary School of Yunan County, then six months later as headmaster, and later as county councillor and senator. During his time as headmaster, he bought a piece of land in the city, more than 1,000 square feet, and had a villa built, "Gangyuan". Some people may not understand this, but after being a prefect and a railway employee, he returned home to become a teacher. The first Premier of the Republic of China, Tang Shaoyi, returned to his hometown as a prefect after being the Premier, and did a great job, building the then Zhongshan County into a national model county. That's an aside, back to the main story.
About the time the villa was built, a good friend gave him two yellow-skinned saplings and said to him, "The ancient name of the capital (where the county seat of Yunan is located) is Huangpi City, so I am giving you yellow-skinned saplings as a souvenir, and you should nurture these two yellow-skinned trees well, as we will have few opportunities to meet in the future. Zeng Naizhen planted the saplings and took good care of them. Four years later, the yellow-skinned trees bore fruit, and Zeng Naizhen compared the fruit of the yellow-skinned trees with the fruit of other trees, and felt that the fruit was a bit different, as the fruit was slightly longer, had some tangled hairs, and was larger and faster than other fruit of the same age, and he thought, "Does the fruit taste different? When the fruit was finally ripe, he stood by the tree and looked at the fruit, which was large, chicken-heart shaped, yellow in colour and with a thin, smooth skin. So he reached out and picked one of the fruits, then put it in his mouth and tasted it, finding it sweet and slightly sour and without a core. At that moment he thought he had eaten a fruit without a kernel by chance, then he ate a second one, which was still without a kernel, and thought to himself, "Could the fruit of this yellow-skinned tree be kernel less?" So he picked and ate more than 10 fruits in a row, all of which were kernel less, and only then did he dare to confirm that this was a kernel less yellow-skinned tree.
After discovering the tree, Zeng Naizhen was both happy and worried. He was happy that his family had a different kind of tree so that every year he could enjoy the best fruit in the South of the country that no one else had; he was worried that the wall of the courtyard was not high, so once others knew about it, they would not only steal the fruit but also the tree. He decided to keep his mouth shut for the safety of the trees. That night, he held a meeting with his family and told them all the secret of the tree, and urged them to keep it a secret. That night, he lay in bed, tossing and turning, unable to sleep, thinking, "I've never heard of the existence of the seedless yellow bark tree, nor have I read about it in the newspapers. Thinking about it, he decided to write a letter to his friend to ask for clarification. Shortly afterwards, Zeng Naizhen received a letter back from his friend. When he opened the letter, he was stunned. His friend wrote back, saying that the two yellow skin trees he had given him were bought from the fruit market as a souvenir and that he had no idea that the fruit it grew up to produce would be kernel less, and that he had never heard of kernel less yellow skin.
In Yunan, we had the pleasure of tasting the kernel less yellow skin fruit, which is said to be the fifth generation of the mother tree, and the taste is much less than that of the mother tree, but still tart and sweet, only kernels.
Let's start with a brief introduction to Yunan County, a county with a long history located in the west of Guangdong Province, on the south bank of the middle reaches of the Xijiang River.
There are many ancient dwellings intact around the towns of Lian Tan and Dawan in Yunan, and the existence of these large houses testifies to the fact that this was once a rich and productive area.
The ancient dwellings in Liantan Town are mainly concentrated in Lanzhai Village, around Shi Qiaotou Village, and in Dawan Town, mainly in Wuxing Village, where the Dawan ancient dwelling complex is also listed in the seventh batch of national key cultural relics protection units.
The ancient village of Lanzhai in Lian Tan Township is known as the "Soul of Nanjiang Culture".
If you walk into a large house in Lan Zhai, you will be surprised by the beauty of the old buildings.
Underneath the eaves is the Zhuzi Family Sermon. Each house is not only a wordless ancient building but also a continuation of traditional Chinese culture.
It is not only the old houses that make Lanzhai famous, but also the fact that Lanzhai is a scholar's village.
A small village that is not well known, but has a scholar's hall.
Zhu Hou Guang, Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, once inscribed a poem on the Min Lin genealogy in praise of the village: "The Lin surname is richer than the Chinese, with three scholars, four eyes and six scholarship candidates. The five scholars, eight scholars, seven scholars, nine scholars and ten scholars are connoisseurs. Three hundred scholars have a golden belt, and a thousand jurors have a black hat. The surname of Lanzhai is also Lin and has produced the first scholar Lin Zhaotang, the jinshi Lin Shaonan, Lin Huanxi and Lin Shaoxi, the Hanlin Lin Chunyao, and many other scholarly talents.
Not far from Lanzhai is the Guang Er Da House in Shi Qiaotou Village, known as the No.1 Da House in Guangdong, which is the ancestor of my friend's side of the family, but unfortunately, the 200-year-old house is now deserted and uncared for, and visitors are scarce.
Yunan also produces lychees, but unfortunately, although they are delicious, "a lychee has three fires", and everyone knows that the fire of lychees is so strong that "eating 300 lychees a day" is only an impractical poem.
The fruit is rich in vitamin C, organic acids and pectin, and then peel and core can be used as medicine to reduce food and phlegm and regulate the flow of Qi.
The yellow peel is native to southern China and has been cultivated for over 1500 years, mainly in Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan in the south of the country.
The yellow peel of Yu Nan is slightly different from the normal yellow peel, with oblong fruit, yellow-brown skin and light yellow flesh, thin skin, thick flesh, juicy, sweet and crisp, only without a core.
When the mother tree was planted in the 1930s, there was still a gap in genetic technology, and the kernel less yellow peel was supposed to be a natural genetic mutation, the reason for which is still a mystery.
After tasting the Yünan seedless yellow skin, it also inspired me to visit the mother tree. However, when I went online and asked people, no one knew exactly where the two mother trees were located, only that they were in the dry garden in the town of Kianjin, and the navigation could not find this "dry garden".
In order to get a glimpse of the legendary mother tree, we decided to make the 40 km round trip drive to Jiancheng Town. The plaque and road signs in the professional town of Guangdong Province showed us that the mother tree was just ahead.
Although these are two mother trees that have created a huge production value, it was not easy to find them, asking people along the way to find the exact location. The two key points were Jiancheng Town Hall and Jiancheng Central Health Centre, from the alley in front of Jiancheng Town Hall we walked straight to Jiancheng Central Health Centre, where we turned left and walked a hundred metres ahead to finally find the dry garden of the governor of the Republic of China, Mr Zeng.
In the autumn and winter of 1949, Zeng Naizhen went to Hong Kong and the two legendary fruit trees in the dry garden were overgrown, but fortunately, both miraculously survived. In 1988, accompanied by his children and grandchildren, Zeng Naizhen returned to Yunan, where he had been absent for more than 30 years, and the government, in accordance with its policy to implement the properties of compatriots from Hong Kong and Macau in the mainland, handed the dry garden back to Zeng Naizhen, so the dry garden is still a private place and is not open to the public.
When the gardener heard that we had come to see the mother tree, he opened the iron gate and let us in. The two-storey villa built in the 1930s is still standing, and the courtyard is full of seedless yellow bark trees.
The two fruit trees, which are over 80 years old, have brought about a "Township of China's Coreless Yellow Peel" and a city's yellow peel industry, which has become a pillar industry for farmers throughout the county to increase their income.
The two yellow-skinned trees behind the monument are the mother of all yellow-skinned trees, with an annual production value of nearly 200 million yuan, and despite being over 80 years old, they are still lush and fruitful.
The mother tree's yellow peel ripens at the end of July, and every year, at the end of July and beginning of August, it is time for the massive market launch of Yunan's seedless yellow peel, which is accompanied by the Yunan Seedless Yellow Peel Festival.
The price of Yunan's kernel less yellow peel on the internet is around 20 yuan per catty or more, and a typical tree can produce more than 20 kilograms per year after three years, making these two legendary fruit trees rich for the people on one side.
These two trees, perhaps a natural genetic mutation, have become the mother of China's kernel less yellow skin, from which she has grafted the second, third and fourth generations ...... until the entire Yunan County kernel less yellow skin industry comes from these two mother trees, with the annual kernel less yellow skin bringing an output value of nearly 200 million yuan, two magical fruit trees that have enriched a side of the people. In addition to selling fresh fruits and picking agrotourism projects, the fruit can also be processed into cold fruits, brewed into special yellow skin wine, made into yellow skin juice, yellow skin cake and other deep-processing products. In the hot summer, eat a bunch of freshly picked yellow skin, both to quench thirst and appetite, so every year in July and August, the ripening season of Yunan coreless yellow skin will attract a large number of tourists inside and outside the province to come. But what most people don't know is that this industry, with an annual output of hundreds of millions of dollars and a constant source of wealth for the local people, comes from two legendary fruit trees that are "alien to the sky".