There's good news from China for lotus-eaters this year - a good harvest of lotus seed has been reaped in Hunan Province.
SV SLOW PAN along lotus field and CU blooms
CU open flower with seeds visible on top
GV & SV workers in fields and moving along canals in small boats (two shots)
CU Women poling by in boats and gathering up seeds using bamboo sticks (five shots)
SV Seeds-laden. Boats move along paddy canal, and brought up onto land
GV & CU's: Workers knocking seeds from pods (three shots)
SV Men sorting seeds
CU Seeds pouring
GV Workers smothings seeds onto beds with rakes.
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Background: There's good news from China for lotus-eaters this year - a good harvest of lotus seed has been reaped in Hunan Province.
SYNOPSIS: The lotus flowers of Hanshou County are renowned for their large seeds and fine quality - highly valued for processing into a nutritious condiment enjoyed by the Chinese, and into a medicinal drug.
The summer's (1978) harvest in Hanshou was reaped over some three thousand two hundred acres (1300 hectares), and the county's total yield is expected to reach tow hundred and fifty tons (about 254,000 kilograms). The Asian species of lotus often extend as much as six-and-a-half feet (two metres) above the water, rather than floating on it., The large attractive flowers reach out of the ponds of leafless stalks and sometimes measure up to ten inches (24 centimetres) across. The many petals open only during the day. The whole plant is edible, and many Asian countries use the rootstocks as a source of starch, and the young leaves as a tasty vegetable. The seeds of the oriental lotus are reputed not only to promote long life in humans, but to survive a remarkable length of time themselves. Seeds recovered from a Manchurian peat bog were found to be one thousand year old, yet are still capable of producing flowering plants. This attribute, and its symbolic fertility, make the lotus a valuable export.