Monday, December 13, 2021

[Food] Gamgyul (Seedless Mandarine, 감귤)


[Food] Gamgyul (Mandarine, 감귤)

Gamgyul (Seedless mandarin, 감귤) is one of the most typical and popular fruits in Korea with a sour and sweet taste and as large as the size of half a fist :)

Korea's Jeju Island is the biggest production site of gamgyul because the temperature in Jeju Island does not fall under freezing, even in winter, providing the best climate for gamgyul to thrive in a warm climate. Jeju Island has produced gamgyul for the last 1000 years, but today's gamgyul crop originates from Japan and has been farmed for 1000 years.

Doctors say that gamgyul's vitamin P content enhances vascular health, which also gives beautiful skin. Gamgyul is also helpful for the maintenance of one's memory and cognition, and for the prevention of constipation :)

However, too much gamgyul can turn one's skin color yellow and also increase blood sugar levels. You have been warned :) Its sweetness is addictive. 

In any case, owing to the mass production of gamgyul on Jeju Island, it is a very cheap fruit that can be found in any market in Korea :) It's usually harvested in the autumn, so people usually eat gamgyul in the winter as a snack or a dessert. There is one special feature about Korean mandarin, compared to mandarins anywhere else - the Korean mandarin does not have a hard seed :) This makes it very convenient to eat.

The popularity of gamgyul in Korea has ignited the invention of many gamgyul products such as tart, chocolate, jelly, juice, makgeolli (Korean rice wine) and even whisky :)

Visit any Korean friend in the winter and I'm certain you'll both be eating gamgyul with them as you chatter away :)

Bon Appétit!

1 comment:

  1. A beautiful read. I hope I can one day sample this beautiful fruit in its motherland.