Jiangmen City Heng Sheng Tai Agriculture Development Co. Ltd. (JHST) is a Sino-Foreign Joint Venture (SFJV) company that is a 75% owned subsidiary of Sino Agro Food, Inc. JHST operates the Company's plantation, situated at Enping City, Guangdong Province. Revenue for three months ended 30 September 2015 was USD 7.4 million, or 6 percent of the Group's total revenue of USD 124.7 million in the same period.
JHST's primary crop is Hylocereus Undatus (HU), the most cultivated species of cactus in the world. HU produces a fruit crop, Red Pitaya, widely known as Dragon Fruit. Before 2003, the main supply of HU flowers was from 50,000 acres of plantations in Guangdong Province. Since then, industrialization has reduced the plantation acreage to fewer than 4,000 acres. Fresh and dried flowers of HU Plants are traditionally marketed in China as well as in other Asian countries as a form of health food customarily consumed by the Chinese population for many centuries. HU is very important in traditional Chinese medicine.
Dried HU flowers in packaging
The Company plants a special selenium rich Chinese herb called “XueYingZi” among the HU Plants. It is called “Snowsakurako” in Japan, and commonly referred to as “Immortal Vegetable” in China.
JHST cultivates 187 acres of HU flowers in Guangdong Province. The HU plants flower for a very short period, sometimes only one night, and must be picked before they turn from green to white 20 to 25 cm long flowers, so they are by definition a delicate crop. The harvesting season is from July through October.
Persistent improvements in past years at the HU plantation have succeeded in providing a more reliable, healthy harvest, even in seasons of heavy rain.
Loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, proteins, and beneficial fiber, unpicked HU flowers develop into a most nutritious exotic fruit. HU's fresh and dried flowers, though, have very valuable uses in traditional Chinese medicine, including:
The top photo shows a field of immortal vegetables at JHST; remaining photos are of Hylocereus Undatus.