Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today's Trivia - Buddha Pears

After reading the classic "Journey to the West”, in which baby-shaped fruit from a magical tree grants immortality to those who eat it, farmer Hao Xianzhang decided to try and create something similar. He invented a plastic mold that can be attached to pears as they grow, and after six years of trial and error, he finally perfected the process of producing Buddha-shaped pears.


"People called me crazy. They said I was whimsical and it was impossible to grow baby-shaped fruits. They told me to stop wasting my time and money," said Hao.


Seems like this whimsical man is having the last laugh. The Buddha fruit is a huge hit in China, selling for a hefty 50 yuan ($7.32 USD) a piece. Hao is hoping to cater to western tastes by growing pears in the shape of biblical characters and screen legend Charlie Chaplin.

20 comments:

  1. Good for him - I think it looks quite cute!

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  2. Is this a Puddha? Way too cute to eat!

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  3. Now that is magic. I really need to think more about it. I may in fact blog about it at some point Martha - so many images and possibilities are coming to mind. Unbelievable! Thanks for posting!

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    1. It certainly is magic. I'm glad it all turned out for him.

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  4. I would eat it... wonder what that would do to my Karma? ;)

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    1. Hahaha...I don't know, but it would be interesting to find out!

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    1. He certainly is. Thank goodness he wasn't discouraged by critics.

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  6. I wonder if you can do that with other fruit and veggies I would like to see that too! Love the article, and hope he keeps up this new form of art!

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    1. That would be fun. I wonder if anyone else is working on something now that they've realized what a success this man is.

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  7. You've got to love creative entrepreneurs who are persistent!

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  8. Coming soon: The Moses Mango and the Abraham Apple!

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