Describe an important plant in your country (such as fruits, flowers or vegetables) that you like.
You should say:
what it is;
what it looks like;
where it grows;
and explain why you like it.
I would like to describe about Fat Choy which is a plant grown in the deserts in the northern part of China. You may link up Fat Choy with the famous Chinese Greetings "Kung Hei Fat Choy" when you heard about it at the first time. Yes, they are pronounce in the same way in Chinese. It is black in color and looks like vermicelli when it is soaked with water.
Fat Choy is used in some Chinese Recipes and the dishes are quite popular during Chinese New Year. People like to have some dishes which relates to rich and wealth at the beginning of a year. Thanks to its name pronouncing similar to Kung Hei Fat Choi, Fat Choi is always in great demand. Interesting enough, nutritionists examine Fat Choy and confirm that it has no nutrition value at all, although they are loved by the Chinese people.
I personally like the plant. But I don't like to have it in my dishes. Fat Choy is important to northern part of China, not because of its name relating to wealth, but its unique function in the wild to anchor the sand in desert. Over harvesting of Fay Choy has already brought a disaster consequence of worsening the desertification of northern part of China.
To make things worst, Fat Choy is a plant in the wild and planting it artificially is difficult. It could only be grown in the dessert with some other specific environmental factors. Fat Choy is now in extinction. I personally like this plant very much because of its strong characteristic, uniqueness and usefulness. And I would like to take any chance to advocate protection of Fay Choy within and outside China. It is already good to greet your friend with "Kung Hei Fat Choy" during Chinese New Year and you can leave Fay Choy in the dessert.