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.