Tang Dynasty trivia:Is the lychee eaten by Yang Imperial concubine the most expensive in the world?

Three thousand favored Imperial Concubine Yang was born in Sichuan (original Shanxi), and since childhood he likes to…

Three thousand favored Imperial Concubine Yang was born in Sichuan (original Shanxi), and since childhood he likes to eat the lychee of Chuandong. Later, she found that the litchi in Guangxi was better. The court specially arranged the tribute of the Lingnan area for the Imperial Concubine every year.


Due to the love of Imperial Concubine Yang by Tang Xuanzong, she will try her best to satisfy her preferences. Eat lychee, and eat fresh lychee – this important issue is placed on the countertop. At that time, from Lingnan, which was rich in litchi, to Chang’an, it was more than 2,100 kilometers away.

Tang Dynasty trivia:Is the lychee eaten by Yang Imperial concubine the most expensive in the world?
Tang Dynasty trivia:Is the lychee eaten by Yang Imperial concubine the most expensive in the world?

In this section of the road, if we are flying on a modern plane, it will take more than two hours. If we have no time to take a nap, we will have landed safely.

If you take the train, it takes more than 30 hours, so the journey is not so easy, even the sleeper is a bit tired.

Back in the Tang Dynasty, the newly picked lychee was only passed on by the horses in order to keep it fresh. According to the current express delivery of 200 kilometers per day, it takes about 10 days and a half. This is still the result of uninterrupted substitutions and maintaining the highest speed.

In Guangdong, there are many areas where lychee is abundant, especially in Zengcheng, Guangdong. The local lychee has high water content, high sweetness and tastes good. It is said that the local “hanging green” lychee was once used as a tribute to the emperor, but now the technology development, lychee preservation is more convenient. Nowadays, you can also buy green lychees on the Internet, most of them are fifty or sixty yuan a pound, and expensive ones are also hundreds of yuan. Although hanging green is higher than other litchi, but it has not sold for one million yuan, then this hanging green price of 550,000 yuan can sell so expensive?

Hanging green lychee is a better variety in lychee. In 2002, there were ten green lychees auctioned out for a total of 1 million yuan, and ten lychees were taken separately. One of the green auction prices was as high as 550,000 yuan. In 2002, 550,000 yuan was equivalent to the price of a house in Zengcheng, and these auctioned lychees were actually derived from the fruit of the hanging green tree.

The name of the hanging green lychee is derived from its unique color. Its outer shell is red in color, with many prominent small points. The lychee will have a circle of green in the red, so it is called hanging green. The green flesh is crispy and sweet, and it was a tribute at that time. In the late Qing peasants, some anti-squeezing movements took place. If the local fruit farmers can’t stand the court’s long-term request for a large number of lychees, they will cut off the green lychee trees, leaving only one green tree.

Although the green trees were re-raised through various cultivation methods, these hanging greens are not naturally grown and are called sub-trees. The green lychees that we often eat now come from these sub-trees. Now there are three or four generations of sub-trees with green lychees. The lychees produced by these sub-trees are also delicious. However, things are rare, and the value of a hanging green mother tree in the world is higher. This tree has been planted for more than 400 years.

Therefore, the fruit produced by the mother tree is more expensive, and the fruit produced by the mother tree will be auctioned every year. In fact, the mother tree is so old, the fruit produced is not so good, and the sweetness and moisture are not the highest quality, just The auction was also a gimmick and propaganda. Later, the fruit of the mother tree was also changed from auction to gift to some people who contributed to society.

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