VIDEO: Wujie Village celebrates peanut harvest festival

  • 10 July, 2019
  • Shirley Lin
Residents of Wujie Village harvest peanuts

This is the time of year when Wujie Village in Yilan County holds its peanut festival. Good soil and proximity to the sea mean that local peanuts are crunchy with a slight taste of salt.

The harvested peanuts are shelled, thrown into a heated wok, and then stirred with loads of salt. To bring out the best flavor possible, the peanuts are stirred until 90% cooked, and then left to cool down.

Of course, the peanut festival involves much more than just cooking peanuts. Peanuts are also the center of a variety of contests. There’s a peanut shelling race and a challenge that involves picking up peanuts with chopsticks. It’s a time when Wujie locals embrace a well-loved product of their village’s soil.

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