Posts under ‘Food 食物’

More on Moringa

Apologies for the poor quality of the cell-phone pictures below. The first is of moringa saplings in my garden. This was a bit of an experiment. I put the seeds in the ground shortly before typhoon Tembin hit. The typhoon destroyed the bed, basically flattening it, as you can see. Moringa is supposed to be […]

Moringa trees growing in Xinchang

The pictures below the video aren’t very good, but they show some moringa trees growing in Xinchang, Taitung. I wasn’t aware of this tree until a couple months ago when I saw a guy picking seed pods from it and asked him what kind of tree it was. From the little research I’ve done, this […]

黑甜菜/hei1tian2cai4 is in season

The English name for 黑甜菜/hei1tian2cai4 is Black nightshade, and the variety we have here in Taiwan is either Solanum nigrum or Solanum americanum. (Also see This edible wild plant can be cooked in many different ways and has medicinal properties. We usually fry it with a generous amount of garlic and add salt to […]

Toxic Chinese milk

Apparently aflatoxin has been found in Chinese milk. I believe this is the same mold-based toxin that often can be found in Taiwan peanut products, especially peanut candies. It can cause liver cancer. But what really got me about the article linked below was the information that, “In September, the government arrested 32 people over […]

Dragon fruit flowers

It looks like we’ll be having some more dragon fruit.

Donghe harvest festival this weekend

The Donghe harvest festival will be held this weekend, July 9 and 10. Most of the activities will be taking place at the elementary school.

Instant Death Noodles

I always thought those packets of mystery oil that come with instant noodles looked questionable. DOH opens probe after HK food scare – Taipei Times On Monday, authorities in Hong Kong announced that the sesame oil packets found in Weilih’s hand-made instant noodles (維力手打麵) contained DEHP, while Chuang’s Square Cookies (莊家方塊酥) contained DEHP and DINP.

Uni-President: We do not use MUCH plasticizer

What is meant by ‘not much’? Wouldn’t ‘none’ be preferable? Ma wants additive makers punished – The China Post Uni-President, Taiwan maker of sports drink Pocari Sweat, says it does not use much plasticizer in its products.  

DEHP – plasticizer added to food to cut costs

Food producers in Taiwan have been adding DEHP, a plasticizer, to food as a replacement for palm oil. EDIT: I’ve been editing this original posting over the last day or so, adding products and companies to the lists below as I read about them in the media. But at this point it appears that essentially […]

Kavalan Whisky wins award

台灣酒揚名/噶瑪蘭 出國比賽曾得獎 | 國際萬象 | 全球觀察 | 聯合新聞網 台灣酒揚名/噶瑪蘭 出國比賽曾得獎 2010.01.26 04:12 am 自家的「噶瑪蘭威士忌」(KAVALAN WHISKY)在國際品酒大會上得到好評,金車企業感到很意外,金車威士忌酒廠更是十分興奮。 金車表示,金車威士忌酒廠目前有四支威士忌,這支參加評選的噶瑪蘭威士是前年推出的第一支威士忌,並以酒廠所在地的原住民噶瑪蘭族命名,酒齡不到三年,在這次蘇格蘭品酒會的盲測中,它顯然是比較年輕。之前這支威士忌在去年參加舊金山世界烈酒競賽,得到銀牌獎,也被威士忌聖經(Whisky Bible)一書的作者收錄在2010年版裡。 金車威士忌酒廠表示,噶瑪蘭威士忌的口味略甜,帶著雪莉酒風味,他們之前也不知道這支酒會被拿到品酒會上評比,有可能是金車酒廠的顧問Jim Swan提供的。目前金車的酒廠年產九百萬瓶,主要是供應內銷。 金車威士忌酒廠是全台第一家威士忌酒廠,設立之初,該公司董事長曾親自帶領研發團隊,多次前往蘇格蘭與日本等知名酒廠觀摩學習,試喝了上百款酒品才決定其風味,並分批引進蘇格蘭蒸餾器,導入國外釀酒技術,採用中央山脈與雪山山脈孕育的清淨水源。