Korean Fruits – 15 Fruits You Need To Try Before You Die!
Are you looking for delicious Korean fruits to try this summer? We know that Korean fruits are tasty and have many health benefits.
After researching and surfing the internet to learn about Korean fruits, I found some popular Korean fruits based on region and seasons that I want to share with you. Let’s dive right into these Korean fruits.
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Spring Korean Fruits
All of us know that not all fruits are available all year round. Some fruits are just available during it’s special seasons. Here are some popular Korean fruits you can try during the spring season in Korea.
1. Strawberries: Ddalgi (딸기)
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Strawberries are the most popular fruits you can eat in spring, starting from January to May.
Korean strawberries are slightly larger than most strawberries you can find in other countries.
In addition, they have a firm texture and are slightly sweeter than common strawberries.
In terms of health benefits, strawberry is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants. The best place to find strawberries is Nonsan.
2. Green Plums: Maesil (매실)
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Green plums are another popular spring Korean fruit other than strawberries.
Plum flowers mark the beginning of the spring seasons; they usually bloom before cherry blossoms in Korea. However, Maesil (green plum) is usually available during May and June, for a very short period.
Korean green plum has a firm texture and sour taste, which makes it hard to eat it directly. Rather, Koreans usually make plum syrup and green plum wine to enjoy these fruits.
Summer Korean Fruits
Here are some popular Korean fruits you can try during the summer in Korea.
1. Korean Melon: Chamoe (참외)
You can enjoy Korean Melon during the summer seasons in Korea as it is a summer fruit that’s available from June to August. Seongju is the place to go when it comes to Korean Melon.
This Korean fruit mark the beginning of the summer season in Korea. Korean Melon is different from common melon because its has yellow color, smaller in size and the flavour is sweeter.
Some varieties of Korean melons in the market differ in their sweet levels. If you prefer a sweeter Melon, you can choose Euncheon Chamoe.
In terms of health benefits, Korean Melon contains high Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium.
2. Peaches: Boksunga (복숭아)
Peaches are another summer fruits you can enjoy in Korea, so you can find these fruits around June – August.
This Korean fruit has a cultural significance in Korean society because Koreans believe that this fruit symbolizes happiness and longevity.
There’s a folklore that believes if Koreans find a rare peach with two seeds, this is a sign of a good mild winter.
Typically, you can find a few types of Korean peaches in stores: clingstone, freestone, white, and yellow peaches.
If you are looking for the juicier Korean peach, you can grab this fruit in the late summer, around August.
3. Watermelon: Subak (수박)
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Watermelon is the most famous summer fruit in Korea. This fruit is available from July to August.
Some people said that Korean watermelon is slightly sweeter than other countries’ watermelon, making it even more refreshing.
4. Raspberry: Bokbunja (복분자)
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Raspberry is a summer Korean fruit that is well known among oriental medicine for its high nutritions.
This fruit is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammations, anti-cancer, and anti-cholesterol agents and helps reduce the ageing process.
You can find these fruits during summer from June to August. Gochang is the place to find the best raspberry in Korea.
5. Plums: Jadu (자두)
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Plums are summer Korean fruits you can find from July to August. You can eat it raw or find it in desserts like plum cakes.
6. Grapes: Podo (포도)
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Grapes are considered late summer Korean Fruits, which you can find from August to September. Most Koreans enjoy this fruit by drink grape juice or order Kyoho grapes dessert in some cafes.
Autumn Korean Fruits
Here are some popular Korean fruits you can try during the fall/autumn season in Korea.
1. Korean Persimmon: Gam (감)
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Korean Persimmon is autumn Korean fruit which available from October to November. Changwon is the place to get the best persimmon in Korea.
There are two types of Persimmons you can find in Korea, astringent persimmon, known as daebonggam (대봉감) and non-astringent persimmons, known as dangam (단감).
The difference is that Astringent persimmon usually has a drying effect on your mouth compared to non-astringent due to its amount of tannin.
2. Pomegranate: Seokryu (석류 )
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Pomegranates are another Autumn Korean fruits which you can find from September to December.
3. Korean Pear: Bae (배)
Korean Pears are Autumn Korean fruits that are available from September to November. You can eat it directly or make a Korean pear salad out of this fruit.
In terms of health benefits, Korean pear has a lot of vitamin K, folate and fibre which is great for the diet.
4. Apples: Sagwa (사과)
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You can find the best taste apples during Autumn season, specifically from October to December in Korea.
Don’t worry if you can’t visit Korea during autumn season, you can still find apple all through out the year. Chungju is the region to get the best apples.
Winter Korean Fruits
Here are some popular Korean fruits you can try during the winter season in Korea.
1. Korean Citrus Fruit: Hallabong (한라봉)
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The Hallabong tangerines are the world-famous Korean tangerines that grow on Jeju Island. In fact, the tangerine is named after Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island.
This fruit tastes sweet, juicy and slightly less sour than other citrus. You can find this citrus during the winter season from December to March.
2. Noji Tangerine : Noji Gamgyul (노지감귤)
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Noji tangerines is a Winter Korean Fruits that also grow on Jeju Island. These citrus are growing naturally in the open fields without special cultivations, so it’s purely naturals. The taste is slightly sweet and sour than other citrus.
3. Yuzu Lemon: Yuja (유자)
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Yuzu is a special type of citrus you can find during the winter season in Korea from November to December. This type of citrus is rich in vitamins A and C, which make it powerful antioxidants.
This Korean fruit is too tart to eat directly, so you can enjoy it in Yujacha (Yuja tea) form. The best Yuja you can find is located in Goheung.
Korean fruits are not only delicious but also nutritious. From the sweet and juicy Hallabong to the tart and refreshing raspberry, there’s always something you can try during every season in Korea.
Whether you plan to incorporate Korean fruits into your diet or just to add something healthy into your dining rituals, these fruits are sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.
These are all the korean fruits I can share with all of you! Hope you can add some of these in your dining rituals as korean fruits are also essential part in korean cuisine.
Have you ever tried one of these korean fruits? Which one you love the most? Let me know in the comment sections below!
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