Shellflowers have a profound meaning for Mr. Ho Yung-wei, the founder of our company. In 1951, before going to school he used to cut the plant of shellflower to earn some money. The plants in the Alpinia genus can be used in their entirety: the leaves can be used to wrap dumplings and as ingredients, they can also be extracted into processed materials: the leaf sheath can be used to make ropes or to make fishing nets, as it used to be back in the days. The flowers can be used as food spices. The seeds, also known as small cardamom, are the main component in the Japanese medicine Jintan. The root tubers can also be used as food spices and as Chinese medicinal herbs, etc. This plant has a very strong vitality: it can grow even in adverse environments. On cliffs, by the seashore, it can be seen in many different environments. The plant is valuable in its entirety and can be put to many uses, just like Taiwanese people, we are smart and diligent: we just need to be discovered.
With the advancement of science and technology, the use of CO2 supercritical extraction technology has found that variegated shell flowers have a variety of valuable ingredients. Huashih Corporation has been developing articles for daily use and skin care products for more than 30 years. It invests in the R&D for the production of supercritical, water extraction and Class 10000 Clean Room equipment. It cooperates with Chiayi University, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science, Chiayi Industry Innovation and Research Center, the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre, as well as with other units in the industrial sector, in order to develop products in the shellflower series and to apply the local flora to the creation of distinctive products. In this way, people can get acquainted with the local flora, introducing an innovative economy into life and establishing a healthy, sustainable and happy life style. This is the motivation behind the genesis of the Shellflower Story House.