It’s not easy to grow the sugar apples that we enjoy every day. I only realized this after A-yang explained everything about sugar apple cultivation. In particular, all the fine details about harvesting, getting rid of pests, laying down fertilizer and taking care of his trees. It’s easy for sugar apples to attract pests because they are very sweet. Many farmers turn to convenient methods such as spraying pesticides to get rid of bugs. Despite this, A-yang insists on not using pesticides. “We need to coexist with the pests!” Even if a sugar apple is covered with ants and aphids, these bugs don’t actually get into the fruit. A-yang told us after a quick rise, sugar apples are good to eat. What we think of pests are actually the all-natural proof of healthy organic farming.
Since the sugar apples here are organic, you won’t inhale a bunch of chemicals when harvesting them. Even though you could pick these sturdy fruits right off the tree, using sheers to trim them off saves a lot of energy. In addition to sugar apples, A-yang’s orchard also grows different types of bananas as well as passion fruit and dragon fruit. There’s plenty of room to move about the trees here. A-yang intentionally left plenty of room between each tree so they could stretch out their branches. After hearing this, we admired A-yang’s hard work even more. He wasn’t doing everything he could just to maximize his profits. Rather, he sincerely wanted to do what was best for the land. Also, his sugar apple harvest is relatively late because his orchard sits in the cool foothills of Taitung. A-yang has to wait patiently for his sugar apples to get ripe. If he picks them early, they won’t be the super big and sweet sugar apples that everyone expects from A-yang’s orchard!
Organic sugar apples are rich, sweet and creamy. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about consuming pesticides when eating organic. If you were to ask how A-yang’s orchard tastes you’d get a sumptuous answer. People would say it’s a sweetness that melts away the petty worries of everyday life and brings out the best in us and the land.