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.”
One of Korea’s most unique fruits, the omija (오미자, or Schisandra chinensis) berry, contains five distinct, fragrant flavors.
There are two fruits that represent summer in Korea: One is watermelon, and the other is chamoe. When you see chamoe start to appear in the markets, it’s a sign that summer is truly here.
Ggot-gae (꽃게) is Korea’s best-loved crab, prized for its sweet flesh and soft shell.
Jirisan, or Mt. Jiri, has a special place in the minds and hearts of Koreans—it’s often viewed as a wild place, a vast place, a place where nature still has some power.