The lotus is a lovely plant, and in Korea every single part of it has a purpose.
Ueong (우엉, pronounced ooh-ung) is known as burdock root in English, and can be found in temperate zones around the world.
If there’s one fruit to represent fall, we’d have to go with gam (감), or persimmons.
Of all the vegetables in the traditional Korean diet, godeulbbaegi (고들빼기, Crepidiastrum sonchifolium) is the most intensely bitter.
The daechu (대추, jujube) is a small fruit that you can find growing just as happily in the countryside as in the city, alongside sidewalks and between old brick buildings.
There’s an old song in Korean about doraji (도라지, bellflower root).
Rice is like water: Plentiful, precious, easy to take for granted.
You can find them in marts around Korea year-round, but fall always gets us thinking of mushrooms.
Mention jeoneo (전어, spotted gizzard shad) anywhere in Korea, and someone is bound to bring up the popular saying “전어 굽는 냄새는 집 나간 며느리도 돌아오게 한다.”