Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

By Duc Hung   June 2, 2020 | 10:49 am GMT+7
The lotus harvest season is in full swing in Thach Ha District in the central province of Ha Tinh.
Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

There is a lotus pond in the district, seven hectares in size and jointly owned by over 60 households. This area had earlier been used to plant rice. But because of low productivity, it was abandoned until seven years ago when a local man started growing lotus in it. It grew so fast that the whole pond was soon covered with lotus flowers.

The lotus grows between February and July every year. When the season comes people only have to plant one or two seeds in the pond, and the plants will fill it in just a few weeks.

After the first year of growing lotuses, people realized they could get a good income by selling their pods and started to take care of the pond.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

Each household demarcates its area of the pond by planting bamboo sticks.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

Hoang Thi Thanh, 68, says her family has two acres in the pond and earns VND2-10 million ($86- 431) every season by selling lotus pods.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

A fully grown pod is round and measures six to 12 centimeters across.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

In two hours Thanh collects 30 kg of lotus pods.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

Signs are put up around the pond to warn people not to damage the lotuses.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

The afternoon sunlight makes the pond look more beautiful, and young people from the village come here to take photos of the lovely flowers.

Growing lotus does not cost any money. “The lotuses grow really fast, in just 35 days,” Le Phi Son, 59, says. “They bring a huge income to farmers here.”

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

Le Thi Thoa, 52, says lotus seeds are in great demand this year, with a kilogram of unpeeled lotus seeds selling for VND35,000-50,000 ($1.5-2.2), and the farmers are likely to get an income of VND10-20 million ($431-862) this season.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

Nguyen Dinh Hien, 50, owns two hectares of the pond and it requires two people in his household to collect pods every day.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

Hien’s 83-year-old father Nguyen Dinh Tro removes the seeds from the pods, getting 35 kg from every 50 kg of pods. In three hours he can get 40 kg of seeds.

“Since the beginning of the season the family has earned VND5 million ($215) from selling lotus pods,” Tro says. “We hope to earn VND30 million this season.

Ha Tinh lotus harvest season gets underway

The seeds can be used to make sweet soup and porridge, and have great health benefits. The pods, after the seeds are removed, are dried and boiled in water and used as a traditional medicine to prevent headaches. The lotus stems can be added to salads.

“Every part of the lotus is useful. The plant brings great benefits to the people here.”

The lotus is considered Vietnam's national flower and represents purity and dignity.

 
 
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