“Pear smoke, free the countryside from hazardous smoke”
After the harvest, high-altitude grafted pears fill baskets, and mountains of paper bags are mixed with pear stems, tape, and plastic coated wire. All of these accessories are used in the process of growing high-altitude grafted pears, from grafting to flowering and harvesting. Once these accessories are separated from the pears, they lose their function and are burned or discarded by the orchards, which is the origin of the brand name of pear smoke.
The high-altitude grafted pear is not actually a species; in fact, it refers to a grafting method that Taiwan has developed in order to grow a temperate pear species in low-altitude areas. Therefore, Taiwan’s native Hengshan pear (rough pear) and Lindley’s pear are used as base crops to be grafted with temperate pear buds from the Lishan area, Japan, China, and other places. These species include such common varieties as the sand pear, Chiuhui pear, Fengshui pear, and others unique to Taiwan’s agriculture. When grafting, farmers use tape for electricity works, secularly known as electric-fire fiber, as covering materials. To further isolate pests, maintain fruit color, and prevent water, kraft paper bags with different layers and colors will be put onto fruits, while plastic coated-wire is used to tie up these bags. However, if these accessories are burned or disposed of, they will impose a significant environmental burden.
The brand name of pear smoke was initiated from using these surplus resources to create value through the perspective of sustainability for deliberation in order to revolutionize their fate. Therefore, we encourage farmers to classify themselves on their own and join the centralized clearing, and we then buy the properly sorted pear stems from the farmers. After carrying out drying, anti-corrosion, and other treatments, we hand these stems over to the community craft class that we trained for handicraft production.
The pear-smoke series products are characterized by preserved grafted wart, so that each product has its own unique story. Furthermore, the production is not at all sloppy from raw material processing and woodworking to fine manual grinding and maintenance by waxing. As a result, every product is not only special with its shape, but is also a product of excellent quality.