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How Sweet It Is - Lychee

I've had the good fortune to visit Wong Yu Hua, Sifu's, Lychee orchards for nearly some 20 years onward now.

      

Especially, the last four years have been very fruitful for me. I never enjoyed eating Lychee fruit in the past, but now, I look forward to every summer and the harvest.  Only once a year, the "soapberry" trees bear their juicy sweet pulp. And, in this month of June, the tree limbs are heavy with ripe delicious fruit.

  

Wong Sifu's father's grave is in the far distance, on the edge of Pingshan Town's water reservoir.  Almost anywhere in Pingshan you can mention, "Wong Yook Gong" or "Wong Yu Hua" and the older folks, especially, reply, the "Kwongsai Mantis Dit Da Doctors." (But don't consider Pingshan Town a small village - it is not.  Refer to Volume One - Survey eBook).

The lychee tree is native to the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian in southern China, where it flourishes especially along rivers and near the seacoast. Seedling trees will not bear fruit until they are 5 to 12, or even 25 years old, so it may be a long time before an orchard bears "fruit" in the market. However, as early as 1059 AD, lychee fruit was praised and pictured in Chinese literature.

From the 17th Century on, Lychee farms spread far and wide from England, France, India, West Indies, and Africa, to Hawaii, Florida and California, just to mention a few places. The first USA Lychee tree fruited in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1914. Today, there are more than 30 varieties growing and the most popular are grown in Southern Florida and are known as, the Brewster, the Ha-kip, and the Mauritius.

In Pingshan today, it is not uncommon to have 3,000 to 30,000 lychee trees in a single orchard.  I lived on Mt. Maluan for a short time in the main house of a Lychee orchard. Too many young trees to count!

   

Commerce is based on the fruit and size of the tree. And it is not small biz. It's "sacks full of money". And "how sweet it is", it must be, to taste the fruit of your labor. Guangdong is China's largest lychee growing province. And Pingshan Town produces it's fair share. There are still villages in Southern China today with lychee trees that are over 1000 years old! And, there is some evidence to suggest that wild lychees may have also originated in the northern mountain regions of Vietnam.

Guangdong is called, "the Kingdom of Lychee", because the province has the highest and best lychee production in China. In Guangdong, there is a grove that has a lychee production record of over 2000 years!

  

Lychee trees have now spread to most subtropical and tropical regions of the world. But, until you have picked with your own hand, the Pingshan Town fruit, you will not know "how good it is!"

 

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Quips

The Hammer Fist (Gow Choy) and the Straight Fist (Jik Choi) are connected punches.

Quotes

To stick means to yield. If he strikes with 100% power I may use 99% to turn his power against him. Or I may use 10% if the timing and position is correct.

Quibble

Sticking must not be early, not late. Timing and postion is crucial. From long training it becomes automatic. Inhale, swallow, close and gather his power. Exhale, spit, open and discharge power.

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