Traditional Xiaolan chrysanthemum dieting custom: Xiaolan has a history of over 850 years, since setting up villages in Southern Song Dynasty. In the golden autumn of the 10th year of Emperor Xianchun¡¯s Reign (the year of jiaxu) in Southern Song dynasty, ancestors who emigrated to Xiaolan from Zhuji Lane, Nanxiong were attracted by the yellow chrysanthemums spreading all over Xiaolan, and reclaimed the wasteland for settlement. Ancestors planted edible chrysanthemums for meal, so that the following generations could live and multiply. Afterwards, ancestors transplanted wild chrysanthemums into gardens for appreciation. Till Ming Dynasty, Xiaolan chrysanthemum arts became prosperous. When chrysanthemums are in full bloom, numerous chrysanthemum lovers would gather together. The like-minded friends would admire the blossoms while drinking wine, compose poems while facing the chrysanthemums, seek pleasure on the occasion of chrysanthemum¡ªall of these have become folk customs. Till Qing Dynasty, chrysanthemum folk culture which was originally popular in the central plains of China had prospered in Beijing and Xiaolan of Guangdong Province, forming the northern chrysanthemum art represented by Beijing and southern chrysanthemum feast represented by Xiaolan of Guangdong Province. Xiaolan chrysanthemum feast was included in the list of the 1st batch of national non-material cultural heritages.
The profound chrysanthemum cultural connotations bring up colorful chrysanthemum dieting customs. Local residents love edible chrysanthemums. They take chrysanthemums as healthy foodstuff and bring it into their daily dieting. According to Records of South China written in Ming Dynasty, Xiaolan chrysanthemum cakes contain chrysanthemum and are more favorable then almond cakes. The flavor of chrysanthemum meat is special, incomparable from other types of food.¡± Therefore, it is not new that Xiaolan people plant chrysanthemums, appreciate chrysanthemums and produce chrysanthemums with edible petals.
Although the consumption custom of Xiaolan traditional chrysanthemum food boasts a history of hundreds of years, the younger generation knows little about its history and making technique, leaving chrysanthemum dieting customs in an endangered state.Go Back