Pingtung Souvenir Special
Introduction to Local Food
There are 33 towns and cities in Pingtung. From the harbor to the forest, surprises are everywhere. The fresh meat, fresh seafood, sweetness-guaranteed fruit, and natural and healthy biscuits produced in Pingtung are pleasant in sight, taste, and soul. The chocolate under the betel nut tree is the most beautiful miracle in Pingtung. The most natural green economy lies here. We have assembled the top ten souvenirs in Pingtung in the previous year and presented the best things that represent Pingtung's local characteristics and culture.
Donggang three treasures
Bluefin tuna, sakura shrimp, and mullet roe are the three kinds of seafood that are internationally renowned in Donggang, commonly known as Donggang three treasures. Among them, bluefin tuna is the most famous, which gave rise to Donggang Tuna Season. If you pay a visit to Donggang during April and June, you can enjoy delicious sashimi and seafood locally.
Sakura shrimps can only be found in the sea area of Donggang area in Pingtung County, Taiwan, and in Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Sakura shrimps have been listed as a national treasure aquatic product in Japan, making it even more precious. In order to preserve the nutrition and taste of sakura shrimps, the merchants work hard and integrate local tastes to create exquisite gifts.
Known as the town of red bean, Banten yields red beans with the highest volume and best quality, and they are loved by the consumers. Because Banten has fertile soil, nice wind, abundant water, and sufficient sunshine in autumn and winter, the red beans produced here are full and solid. Banten red beans smell good and taste crispy. Red beans have become a famous local industry in Banten.
Cacao is a kind of tropical fruit trees, which are demanding about the environment. The Pingtung region is just suitable for planting cacao trees. Through the cooperation of the central and local governments, agriculture has been innovatively transformed from green gold betel nuts to black gold cacao; cacao has gradually become a specialty industry in Pingtung. Under the research and development of merchants, cacao can be turned into various commodities. Due to the special nature of cacao in Pingtung, chocolate products have been a must-buy for tourists in recent years.
The history of the Taiwu coffee can be traced back to the era of the Japanese occupation era. The Japanese planted Arabica experimentally in the mountainous areas. After the defeat of Japan, the coffee trees were left behind in the wild. The Paiwan tribesmen of the Taiwu tribe started sporadic harvesting of beans, but the back-end processing, production, and sales were not effective. The brand did not stand firm until the establishment of local coffee production cooperatives, the construction of a raw bean processing plant, the cultivation of baked beans, and the establishment of a production and marketing system.
Onions are still one of the major cash crops in the Hengchun Peninsula. The barren gravel soil on the Hengchun peninsula and the strong downhill winds in winter are suitable for onion bulbs. The stronger the onset of mountain winds is, the better the quality of the onions is. Onions here are quite sweet and juicy and are tasty when simply served cold. When driving through Hengchun, you can hear the roadside vendors shouting “onions” on Pinge Road, which is already a unique landscape of Hengchun.
In addition to onions bought as souvenirs, the shopkeepers in the local area use their creative ideas to convert onions on the table into snacks for shopping. The sweetness and the spice of the onions remain the same. Don't forget to buy some for your family when you come to Hengchun.
Also known as “odonatan beads,” glass beads, together with bronze knives and ancient clay pots, are known as the three treasures of Paiwan and the noble treasures of the Paiwan aristocratic family. They are a symbol of the aristocracy and are highly regarded in folk art.
Taiwanese aboriginal peoples all have traces of glass beads, but the beads of Paiwan, Rukai and Puyuma are more distinctive. Among these three indigenous groups, the glass beads of the Paiwan tribe are the most famous as they are the best preserved. When you pay a visit to Sandimen in Pingtung, you can personally DIY glass beads or buy tribal glass beads jewelry.
Vegetables and fruits
Pingtung is mild in four seasons and is most suitable for the growth of fruits and vegetables. The fruit is ripe and sweet, with Fangshan and Fangliao mangoes, Jiadong wax apples, Jiuru lemons being the most prestigious among all. Some tourists even buy fruit on the fruit farm regularly.
Pingtung's agriculture is prevalent and its products are diversified. In recent years, agricultural products have been combined with online marketing to promote rural experiences and DIY hand-crafting agricultural experiences. In addition to attracting tourists, they represent the uniqueness of local products.