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Taiwan’s first mountain-banana-themed tourist factory
首創山蕉為主題 觀光工廠開幕

A “clam banana” tree is pictured in the Jiji Banana Factory in Nantou County on October 1.

Photo: Hsieh Chieh-yu, Liberty Times

The first mountain-banana-themed tourist factory in Taiwan, the Jiji Banana Factory, opened on October 1. At its opening ceremony, County Commissioner Lin Ming-chen and others cut the ribbon on the factory, which boasts over 50 varieties of bananas from around the world.

Covering approximately two hectares of land, the factory was originally used to clean and sort bananas. The place is now transformed into a museum with educational exhibits on bananas and outdoor garden trails flanked with banana trees. Some of the garden’s rarities include Musa ornata Roxb. – a type of ornamental banana with purple flowers – and Musa “Praying Hands” – known as the “Clam Banana” in Chinese as they grow in bunches resembling clam shells.

Founder of the Jiji Banana Factory Huang Jung-hsuan says the mountain bananas from Jiji were once used as tribute to the Japanese emperor. He hopes the factory can help keep Jiji’s delicious bananas and the local industries and culture alive and thriving.

Lin points out that the Jiji Banana Factory is the first tourist factory in Taiwan with the theme of mountain bananas. The factory has developed banana-flavored wafer rolls and other products made with mountain bananas, Lin says, adding that he hopes the factory will promote local industry and tourism.

(Liberty Times, translated by Tu Yu-an)






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