Distinguishing Dates and Daechu 대추

If you see the title and expect info about dating, please move on. Unless you are interested in edible sweetness! Because you will be introduced to two lovely fruits! 💕 Love at first sight? 🤔Don't judge a book by its cover! Regardless of their dry and wrinkly appearance, these guys are very sweet! 🥰 Each... Continue Reading →

Korea’s Cosmos of Corn 옥수수

Is corn a grain? 🌽🌾 Is corn a vegetable? 🌽🥬 Is corn a fruit? 🌽🍌 After reading this article, you might end up confused! But hopefully more clever! At least this is clear:Corn is cool. 🆒🌽 Why? Because all over the world, corn is used in a multitude of ways, ranging from being a major... Continue Reading →

Diverse delicious seaweeds of Korea’s seas

As a follow-up on last year's post "What you need to know about seaweed" (aka "Seaweed 101"), here is more information about Korea's edible seaweed! In this post, "Diverse delicious seaweeds of Korea's seas" [Can you pronounce this tongue twister? 🤪] or in short "Seaweed 102", you can learn about various other seaweeds in Korean... Continue Reading →

Essential seasonings and spices in Korean

What makes food taste good? Beside quality and handling of the main ingredients, seasonings and spices are key to making food more flavorful. In general, they can increase the taste 👅, add new aromas 👃 and also change the visual appearance of the dish. 👀 If a food is not seasoned well, it is considered... Continue Reading →

Brown, bitter but lovely: Acorn jelly 도토리묵

Can you find a connection between squirrels, Romans and Koreans? Here's one: Acorns. Everyone knows that squirrels are fond of nuts, including those of the oak tree. 🌰🐿 Archaeologists and historians know that also humans have consumed acorns since ancient times. 🌰🏛 Who knew that at present, foods made from acorns are a significant ingredient... Continue Reading →

Flowers and Food in Korea

May - this month is filled with special events: Around the world, many countries have designated the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day to commemorate mothers (including grandmothers, godmothers, or parents in general!). In addition to that, Christian holidays such as Ascension and Pentecost are often celebrated in the month of May. For Muslims,... Continue Reading →

Compilation of mushrooms and seaweed in Korean

By now, we have touched upon the vast diversity of plant-based foods like vegetables, fruit, grains and nuts. 🗒🌱 You may have learned enough Korean to identify the most common animal-based ingredients as well. 🗒🐮 So what's left? Well, a LOT! 😉 For example, there are hundreds of fungi and many kinds of seaweed (aka... Continue Reading →

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