Those things with the word "fan", such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, carrots, etc., were introduced to China from foreign countries, and there must be a good story.
In 1593 of the Ming Dynasty, Chen Zhenlong of Fujian Province risked his death to steal a section of "sweet potato vine" from the Philippines, allowing countless people to survive the great famine and can be called the "father of sweet potatoes".
Chen Zhenlong is a native of Changle, Fujian, and has read poetry since he was a child. He was a show talent, and he originally wanted to take the top exam, but he never passed. He thought that instead of spending it like this, he might as well find another way out. So he went to Nanyang and became a businessman.
When he first arrived in the Philippine Islands, he saw a business opportunity.
In the sand of the island, there is a plant, long vines, green leaves, crawling all over the sand.
The farmer grabbed the vine and pulled it hard, pulling it up, and a large string of red skin, fist-sized fruits were also brought out.
The farmer plucked the fruit, washed it off the sediment with water, stuffed it into his mouth and ate it raw. Chen Zhenlong took a closer look, it was a white and slightly yellowed flesh, and the farmers ate it with relish.
Chen Zhenlong was very curious and asked: What is this thing? Unfortunately, the two people do not understand the language, just like a chicken and a duck.
Later, an old overseas Chinese told Chen Zhenlong: "This thing is called sweet potatoes locally, and we overseas Chinese call it sweet potatoes." Raw can be eaten, cooked even more delicious. ”
Moreover, this sweet potato is rough and extensive, and it is not picky about the environment at all. The mountains can grow, the sand can live, and if it is planted in the field, it will grow better.
After hearing this, Chen Zhenlong was very happy. His hometown, Changle, Fujian, has been dry for ten years, the land is not fertile, there is a lot of sand, and there are often famines. If you can bring the sweet potatoes back, the villagers will no longer have to go hungry.
It's a good idea, but it's hard to do.
Because at that time, the Philippine Islands were a Spanish colony. The Spanish government stipulates that no one is allowed to take sweet potatoes out of the Philippines!
Chen Zhenlong learned from the mouth of the old overseas Chinese: Someone once tried to secretly hide sweet potatoes on the boat, but was discovered by the police who routinely checked, and the man was locked up.
Finally, it's time to go home. Chen Zhenlong was determined to try his luck, and before he boarded the boat, he stuffed two sweet potatoes in his arms.
At night, a group of police officers suddenly rushed onto the boat with guns. Chen Zhenlong was frightened, quickly got up, ran to the stern, pretended to go to the toilet, and threw two sweet potatoes into the sea.
Chen Zhenlong was a little sad and disappointed, but there was no way.
At this time, the old overseas Chinese came over, and during this period of getting along, the two people have become year-end friends. He patted Chen Zhenlong's shoulder and said, "Little brother, don't be discouraged. ”
Saying that, the old overseas Chinese took off his cloak, put it on Chen Zhenlong's head, and whispered: "You weave this bundle of sweet potato vines on your head into a cable, wrap it around the side of the ship, mix it out of the port, and bring it back to China." ”
It turns out that this bucket hat hides a mystery, and there are many sweet potato vines entangled in the bucket pipe!
Sweet potatoes are not afraid of falling into the soil, but only seek to pass on branches and leaves from generation to generation. Its vitality is extremely strong, and as long as the vine is inserted into the soil, it can take root and sprout.
After the ship sailed out of the Philippine port, Chen Zhenlong immediately soaked the sweet potato vine in fresh water to avoid drying in the sun. After all the ups and downs, Chen Zhenlong finally introduced sweet potatoes back to China.
Since then, sweet potatoes have taken root on the land of Shenzhou.
That year, Changle, Fujian Province, was "dry in spring", and without rain, farmers could not plant seedlings. The sweet potatoes planted by Chen Zhenlong harvested a bumper harvest. Fujian Governor Jinxue once vigorously promoted it, and ordinary people planted sweet potatoes one after another, surviving the drought year.
The "Xiantato Pavilion" in Wushi Mountain in Fuzhou City commemorates Chen Zhenlong, who introduced sweet potatoes, and Jin Xuezeng, who promoted planting, two people who have solved the problem of food and clothing for the common people.
Every plant with the word "fan" must have its good story, which other plant stories do you know?