The southern province of Canton, with its mild,
semi-tropical climate, grows an abundance of produce
all year round: rice,fruit and vegetables enjoy
four seasons, while plentiful feed for livestock
means that high-quality meat and poultry is abundant.
And the long coastline gives access to the rice fishing
grounds of the South China Sea with their enormous
variety of fish and seafood. No wonder that for
centuries the Cantonese have been noted for their
sophisticated cuisine, and their keen interest in
food. In Canton, people greet each by saying 'Have
you eaten? '- literally 'Have you had rice? '- as
we would say 'Good morning 'or 'How are you? '