Lei Tea-- is a very important and special drink of the Hakka people. Green tea, sesame, peanuts, Chinese herbs, rice, beans and other ingredients are ground up in a mortar and mixed in hot water together with special Hakka rice. Lei Tea can be sweet or salty, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, and other foods can be added as well. In Hakka villages, it is considered impolite not to offer Lei Tea to guests.
Simmered and stir-fried Hakka dishes are something that visitors to this area should not miss. Other delightful Hakka delicacies include ground tea, vegetable dumplings, sweet glutinous rice cakes with peanut powder, Hakka noodles and preserved vegetables. Other agricultural products such as preserved persimmon, bamboo shoots, Sanwan pears, Taiwan Pleione (orchids), trout, and organic vegetables are other local products much favored by tourists.
The Rainbow Trout has a mild, nutty flavor and tender flesh. The natural habitat of the species is fresh water at about 12°C during the summer. It is unclear whether it is developed from true genetic adaptation or simply from evolution and spontaneity. It seems that any stock of rainbow trout is capable of migrating, or at least adapting to seawater if the need or opportunity arises. They require moderate to fast flowing and well oxygenated waters for breeding, but they also live in cold lakes. In fact, Rainbow Trout survive better in lakes than in streams. Whether fresh, smoked, canned, or frozen; or eaten steamed, fried, broiled, boiled, micro-waved and baked, Rainbow Trout is cultured in many countries and is often hatched and stocked in rivers and lakes in order to attract recreational fishers.
The Oriental Beauty Tea grown and processed in the Beipu and Ermei area possesses the most outstanding taste of all teas in Taiwan. It is also one of the few Taiwanese teas with a global reputation. The tea is picked by hand and uses only young tea-leaves that are grown without pesticides. It has an aroma resembling that of ripe fruit and honey, and its taste is full and pure. It is said that in the mid-19th century, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom was so taken with the taste and appearance of the tea leaves that she herself named it "Oriental Beauty."
This high quality tender and crunchy fruit is one of the sweetest pears in the world. Its moisture content is 85% ~ 88%, and contains Vitamin B, Vitamin C, digestive enzymes and a special component which heals coughs and expectoration. As it is well known for its taste and quality, it is exported to the USA, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Sanwan pears are harvested from June to September.
Dried persimmon is made by peeling fresh permission and exposing it to natural wind and sunlight. It has a water content of approximately 45%. The appearance presents a golden color which seems extremely delicious, while the stalk is deeply dented, offering a small but bouncy sweet texture with exuberating aroma, which is the characteristic of the famous Beipu dried permission.