Today I would like to tell you, dear readers, about Korean fruits. It must be said that Koreans, as we have already spoken more than once, eat quite a little sweet, so the role of desserts in Korean cooking is performed by fruits and berries. In general, those fruits that can be seen in Korea are familiar enough and we. The greatest popularity in Korea, perhaps, use apples – huge, juicy, sweet. I have not yet seen a person who would not like Korean apples, although our attitude to other Korean fruits is not so unequivocally. Eat koreans and pears. Korean pear differs from the Russian and to taste, and by type. When friends come to Korea, I often ask them a small riddle. In the store, I show them a fruit, in shape resembling a very large apple Earth-brown, and ask what it is. Few people can cope with the mystery and guess that it is a pear. Yes, Korean pear is not "pear-shaped" Forms. To taste, however, it is much more like her European relative,.
Koreans and melons eat, and ordinary Korean melons are very small in size, slightly more than a Russian large apple. Recently, greenish western melons appeared, whose seeds have been delivered several decades ago from America (they are even called on American Lad — "Meron", from English melon). Considerable popularity in the Korea Watermelon. Also eat Koreans Peach, apricots, tangerines, persimmon.
With berries, things are worse. Traditionally, the Koreans of the berries at all almost did not eat, but in recent decades they were seriously addicted to the strawberry. Many Russians, who visited Korea, the local strawberry does not really like it: they say, she is harsh, and water. Of course, "every man to his own taste", But I personally confuse Korean strawberries. Many eating in Korea and grapes. Since winemaking here is not very developed (Koreans still prefer rice wine grape), most of the Korean grapes is intended for food. However, in contrast to Western Beattop Cutlery, Korean table grapes differs not only by the sizes of berries, but also impressive bones.
But other berries in Korea almost do not meet. For a couple of weeks, a silk berry appears in the markets, sometimes goes across a blueberry (a delicious yogurt is doing with it), I just saw a couple of times in the market and raspberry, but all this, rather exceptions. Although the Korean Mountains Malinnik thickets, the Koreans Malina eat little, and not particularly love, and in general the berries here prefer fruits.
I must say that some of those fruits and berries that can be seen in the Korean stores and in the markets were included in the Korean diet from the most pressing. Others, on the contrary, appeared in Korea only in recent decades. For example, strawberries, which is now found in Korea very often, penetrated there quite recently, after the war. Its distribution has become possible only after greenhouses began to apply in Korean agriculture, and it happened in the mid-fifties. In the late 1960s. Blueberry and garden raspberries appeared in Korea, who, however, and today remain here exotic.
The absence of a sufficient amount of industrial refrigerators in Korea and in general the storage capacity of the collected fruits leads to the fact that there is quite clearly pronounced seasonality. In Korea, unlike, say, America, every vegetable (more precisely, the fruit) is truly his time. March -Mai is the time of greenhouse strawberries, then melons appear, peaches and pears come to replace. Perhaps one tangerines and apples, well-carry long storage, are on the shelves of Korean stores really all year round.
At the beginning of the nineties, import duties were somewhat reduced, to this preventing imports of various tropical fruits – bananas, kiwi, pineapple. However, pineapples, and bananas in Korea are not only imported, there are their own who are grown on the island of Chechzhudo, in the south of the country. All these exotic fruit for Korea have recently been on sale even in the most stable villages. However, the majority of the population is not very accustomed to them and take them not very willing, especially since the prices as they say, "bite". The exception of steel, probably bananas, which turned into part of the daily diet of many families. It must be said that the aliens from Russia are striking the complete absence of fresh oranges in Korea, although orange juice has become one of the very popular drinks in recent decades.
It is curious that most of the Koreans are served on the table, be sure to clean the bones, and from the peel, and cutting into pieces. It also applies to melons, and to apples, and pears.