Chinese Laurel (Antidesma
bunius) is a Hong Kong native tree, alias “Wu wei zi”
(five-flavored herb). Its fruit is edible. When you chew the
fruit, you can taste five flavors. The flesh is sour when immature
and sweet when ripe. The seeds are a bit bitter, hot, and salty.
One of the characteristics of the parks in Hong Kong is that not
many native trees are grown there. It’s a bit difficult to get to
know Chinese Laurel, but you can try to look for them in Nan Lian
There are five flavors in fruit, and there are
eight distresses in life. According to Buddhism, we cannot get away
from these distresses and they are: birth, age, sickness, death,
parting with what we love, meeting with what we hate, unattained
aims and all the ills of the five skandhas. Despite of all these
distresses, let us take life in a positive way. As we have come to
this world, let’s just stay and enjoy everyday of our life.
*translated by Mary Chung