The Grain Buds, or Xiaoman in Chinese, is the eighth solar term in the traditional Chinese calendar. It means that the seeds from the grain are becoming full but are not ripe.
During the Grain Buds period, the summer harvest is about to begin. Because of the great increase in rainfall, rivers are full of water, which makes fish and shrimp big and fat. This is a good time to eat fish and shrimp. High temperatures and humidity are also common during the Grain Buds period.
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