Posted by: hyacinthus | October 25, 2007

Why Crab Shell?

Ever wonder why Chinese would put crab shell on pomegranate tree (which sounds like “sia liu” in Hokkien)?

According to what I understood – so that it would flower!

True or not?

I don’t know.

But, I see some Chinese would use pomegranate branches soaked in a basin of water and put it outside their house if someone in their family goes to attend other people’s funeral.

Why so? To “clean away” anything unlucky with the water before entering the house. 



  1. So that the calcium will help the tree grow stronger… that was what I heard.

  2. hmm… calcium from crab? stronger branches?

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