仙草 (Xiān Cǎo) aka Grass Jelly | Yilan, Taiwan
While volunteering in the Yuanshan Village I spent a lot of time planting, weeding, and harvesting 仙草 (xiān cǎo), commonly known as grass jelly. Grass jelly is derived from Platostoma palustre, which is in the same family as mint. The leaves are dried for a year before it is ready to be consumed. Grass jelly can be found in milk tea and at frozen yogurt shops in the United States. In East Asia, the dish is served chilled in various dessert forms.
Planting xiān cǎo
Drying the leaves
Harvesting xiān cǎo