Pulami Farm was founded and run by Paiwanese Ms. Xiuchun and Mr. Zhimin. “Pulami” means abundance in the Paiwanese language, the phrase is used to praise the heavens for giving a plentiful harvest. Roselle is also known as rosella, Jamaican sorrel, or java jute, and is a plant that belongs to the hibiscus family. The part of the roselle flower that we consume and use to make tea is the flower’s calyx. Roselle bloom in October. The pink and soft pedals resemble the Taiwan Hibiscus, blooming in the morning and wilting by noon. The calyx continues to grow into full and red fruit. They become fully mature and ready for harvest in about a month.
Roselle only grows in warm and sunny conditions and does not thrive in humid areas. The South Link Line of Taitung has ideal drainage and gravel hills that are suitable for growing roselle. Besides roselle, Pulami Farm produces millet and red quinoa. Did you know that millet and roselle are “tenants” of the same land? After the millet is harvested in June, roselle seeds are sowed and the new “tenant” moves into the farmland. “This tenant is very easygoing!” This refers to how roselle does not need fertilization or application of pesticide, making it completely safe to consume.