Zhu Yuanzhang’s “southern precious” comes from Weining, Guizhou

2022-04-28 0 By

The Spring Festival is coming. If you have a chance to go to western Guizhou, remember to try Weining Buckwheat crisp.Weining Buckwheat crisp is a famous traditional folk snack produced in Weining, Guizhou province.This kind of cake is famous for its unique raw materials and long history of making. It was once listed as a tribute during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and has a production history of more than 600 years.Weining buckwheat crisp is fine, delicious and crisp, nutritious and unique in flavor. It is also a protected product of national geographic indication.Weining, Guizhou, has a long history of buckwheat planting and is known as “Buckwheat township”.Weining buckwheat is all natural pollution-free crops, which provides rich raw materials for the development of Tartary buckwheat series products in the county.There are two kinds of buckwheat planted in the world, one is sweet buckwheat, one is bitter buckwheat.Sweet buckwheat tastes good, but is far less nutritious than Tartary buckwheat.Therefore, there is a saying that “sweet buckwheat keeps its mouth but not its body, and Tartary buckwheat keeps its body but not its mouth.”According to “Compendium of Materia Medica” record: bitter buckwheat taste bitter, flat, cold, beneficial qi, continued spirit, benefit the eyes and ears of the work, has the effect of reducing qi wide bowel, stomach detoxification.Modern medicine shows that bitter buckwheat has the function of reducing blood sugar, blood pressure, blood fat, reducing weight and enhancing human immunity.Modern analysis and research results also show that bitter buckwheat has a high nutritional value and medicinal value, not only contains a variety of nutrients needed for human health, but also contains more rutin, bitter, light diabetes has a special effect on the treatment and prevention of cancer also has a certain role.Weining buckwheat crisp is also called “golden crisp” because of its golden color.Weining buckwheat crisp is made of Tartary buckwheat flour as the main raw material, with white sugar, brown sugar, sand washing, rose, fire elbow, crystal, jujube paste, lard, rape oil and other ingredients.There is another legend about Weining Buckwheat shortcake: in the seventeenth year of Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty (1384 AD), Shexiang was sent to Beijing by Guizhou province to join the Imperial court. Shexiang wanted to make a cake of bitter buckwheat flour, a specialty of Wussa (now Weining), as a tribute to the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, but failed to make it through many experiments.As the birthday approached, shexiang was so anxious that notices were issued everywhere, offering heavy rewards to anyone who made such cakes.A chongqing native named Ding Chengjiu exposed the notice. After careful consideration and comparing with traditional cakes, he finally made a delicate cake. He named it “Buckwheat Crisp”, which made Shexiang very satisfied.Zhu Yuanzhang, Emperor Taizu of Ming Dynasty, greatly appreciated the “Kowloon Holding Longevity” buckwheat crisp presented by Shexixiang, and called it “precious thing in the south”.Now, Weining Buckwheat crisp, praised by Zhu Yuanzhang as the “precious thing in the south”, has obtained the national geographic indication certification.Source: The Best of Bijie