White Dew, or Bai Lu in Chinese, the 15th solar term of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, falls on Sept 7 this year, depicting the scene of vapors in the air condensing into white dew on plants at night due to temperature declining.
Gathering white dew from plants is a prevalent tradition among Chinese people during the term. According to an ancient herbology volume, Compendium of Materia Medica, written by Li Shizhen over 400 years ago, white dew can be used as a beverage to heal minor illnesses with its cooling effect on the body.
White Dew rice wine is an alcoholic beverage fermented and distilled from glutinous rice. Rural Chinese will serve guests with warm and sweet rice wine during the period of dynastic rule in China, as well as his moral character. In every year‘s White Dew, fishermen in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces will hold a week-long ceremony to worship Yu the Great, hoping he can bring luck and wealth to them.
White Dew tea is believed to have absorbed the sweet fragrance of the whole summer and has a more long-lasting flavor than the spring tea.
White Dew rice wine is a alcoholic beverage fermented and distilled from glutinous rice. Rural Chinese will serve guests with the warm and sweet rice wine during the period.
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