Famous Chinese Candied Hawthorn Stick 冰糖葫蘆 (China, 2019)
SONY FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
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Bīngtáng húlù (shortened tánghúlù) is a traditional Northern Chinese snack of candied Crataegus pinnatifida, also known as mountain hawthorn, Chinese haw, Chinese hawthorn, Chinese hawberry, or shanzha (山楂) in Mandarin Chinese. It consists of about half a dozen hawthorns fruits covered in hard candy on bamboo skewers. People often mistake tanghulu for regular candied fruits; however, they are coated in a hardened sugar syrup. , the fruit itself is also used as juices, jams, even alcoholic drinks. The Chinese believe that hawthorns aid digestion
This sweet and sour treat is most popular during fall and winter months, when the hawthorn and its cousin the crab apple are in season. It has been made since the Song Dynasty and remains popular throughout northern China.
Some variation of can be commonly found including hawthorns with walnuts or sesame, crab apples, mandarin oranges, grapes, dried persimmons or even bananas.