Now that Spring is beginning to show up in China, I have been seeing that delightful fruit 枇 杷 (pí pa) being sold in the market and supermarket. In fact, the boy quite like it but the girl doesn’t really care for it. I’ve never found two kids more different than both of mine!
Anyway, I’ve just had a discovery. First, I found out that the pí pa 枇 杷 is actually loquat!
Second, the Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa we have been taking to soothe our sore throats and coughs is actually pí pa gāo 枇 杷 膏! Isn’t that cool or what?
枇 杷 isn’t really that cheap for a local fruit because it retails at RMB20 per kati (or jīn 觔) compared to papaya, which is RMB8-10 or even oranges at RMB3.50 per kati (or jīn 觔).
Incidentally, the Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa has also increased in its retail price i.e. from RMB20 to RMB33-35 per bottle now (across 2 years).
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