Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Jeju Gumgyeol (Kumquats)


 These tiny oranges are delicious but a little disconcerting. No one likes pith, peel or seeds. They are tedious to get rid of and lets not forget messy! We were first served gumgyeol at school on our lunch tray, where we were encouraged to pop them down the hatch all in one, one at a time. Packed with vitamins and tiny edible seeds, the bitter peel is consumed along with the sweet citrus fruit and you can taste the goodness without any mess! The fruit grows well on Korea's very own paradise island, Jeju. It is often sold as a kind of marmalade tea which provides a warm and nutritiously packed alternative to hot chocolate during winter time when the weather really takes a plunge into bitterness!

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