Pingtung good things
Pingtung with 33 townships from seaports to mountains and then to forests are full of surprises. Fresh meat, seafood, sweet fruit and healthy natural biscuits are produced here. Pingtung serves every visitor an incomparable feeling. The chocolate under the betel nut tree is the most beautiful miracle and the most natural green economy in Pingtung. Those things represent the best of Pingtung's local traits and culture that tourists can experience.
Three Treasures of Donggang
Bluefin tuna, sakura shrimp, and roes of oilfish are the three kinds of internationally renowned seafood in Donggang which are commonly known as the Three Treasures of Donggang.
Bluefin tuna is the most famous since there has a tuna season in Donggang. As long as you go to Donggang from April to June, you can enjoy delicious sashimi and seafood in the local area.
Sakura shrimps are only produced in the sea of Donggang, Pingtung County, Taiwan, and in Suruga Bay, Shizuoka County, Japan. They have been listed as national treasures in Japan, making sakura shrimps in Pingtung even more precious. In order to preserve the nutrition and taste of the sakura shrimps, the merchants have made great efforts to combine the local tastes to make exquisite souvenirs.
Wanluan Pork Knuckle
Pork knuckles are a home-cooked dish in every family, but only Wanluan’s pork knuckle is famous. When you come to Wanluan Township, the store always has good skills in braised pork knuckles. Cut a plate of it and serve with garlic sauce. In less than a moment, the plate will be wiped out.
Wandan, the hometown of red beans, has the best yield and quality and is deeply loved by consumers. Because of its fertile soil, good weather, abundant water sources, and sufficient sunshine in both autumn and winter, the red beans are plump and are fragrant when cooked. Since then, red beans have become a famous local industry in Wandan.
While cocoa is a tropical fruit tree with strict environmental requirements, Pingtung is the only environment suitable for cocoa cultivation. Through the cooperation between central and local governments, the agricultural innovation policy has changed from green-yellow betel nut to black yellow cocoa. Therefore, cocoa gradually became a typical industry of Pingtung. Under the research and development of merchants, cocoa was converted into many different commodities. Due to the specificity of Pingtung cocoa, the chocolate produced here has become a must-buy item for tourists in recent years.
The history of coffee in Taiwan dates back to the Japanese occupation. At that time, the Japanese tried to grow Arabica in the mountains. However, after defeating the battle and withdrawing from the country, the coffee trees were abandoned. The Paiwan people then started to grow and harvest the seeds sporadically, but the processing, production and trading were not efficient until the local coffee production cooperative was established. A coffee bean processing factory was built, and started training human resources for coffee roasting. Through each step of production and business, these coffee brands gradually become firmly established in this field.
Onion is still one of the main economic crops in Hengchun Peninsula. Due to the poor gravel soil of Hengchun Peninsula and the strong downhill wind in winter, it is suitable for onions' fruitiness. The stronger the downhill wind, the better the quality of the onion, especially the sweetness and juiciness. It is easy to make some simple salad but delicious. When you drive to Hengchun, you can see roadside vendors calling Onions on Ping-E Highway. This has already been a unique landscape in Hengchun.
In addition to a bag of onions, the local store has creatively transformed onions from the dining table into snacks and desserts. What remains unchanged is the sweet and spicy taste of onions. When you arrive in Hengchun, you must bring them back to your family to taste.
Glazed glass beads, also known as "Dragonfly Elegant Beads", together with bronze knives and ancient pottery pots are called the Three Treasures of Paiwan Tribe. It is regarded as a precious family heirloom by the Paiwan aristocracy. Thus, it is a symbol of the aristocratic family of the social class. There are also high ratings.
All the aborigines in Taiwan have traces of glazed beads, but the beads of the Paiwan, Rukai and Beinan peoples are more characteristic. Among the three aboriginal ethnic groups, the Paiwan people are the most famous because the glazed beads are the most complete. To Sandimen in Pingtung, you can DIY your own glass beads, or buy glass bead ornaments designed by tribes.
Fruits and Vegetables
Pingtung has mild seasons and is most suitable for the growth of vegetables and fruits. Fruits are ripe and sweet. In particular, Fangshan and Fangliao mangoes are the most famous. While Jiadong Township is famous for the lotus mist, lemon in Jiuru Township is renowned either. Some tourists come to the farm directly to buy. Agriculture is prevalent in Pingtung, and the products are diverse. In recent years, agricultural products have been combined with online marketing to promote agricultural experiences such as going to the countryside and DIY hand-made products. In addition to attracting tourists, they can also introduce unique local products.