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Fruit punch, distinctive national drink

Date: 29/06/2022 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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A traditional drink of the Korean nation made of honey, dried persimmon, pine nut, ginger and cinnamon, fruit punch, or sujonggwa in Korean, is fragrant, sweet and refreshing.

The name of fruit punch, sujonggwa, is said to have been derived from the fact that it was made by dissolving fruits preserved in honey or syrup, or jonggwa in Korean, which is made by boiling down fruits, roots and fruits and seeds of medicinal and esculent plants, in water.

Originally, fruit punch was made of peach, strawberry, pear and other fruits, but as dried persimmon was gradually used as its main ingredient, it was later called dried persimmon punch or dried persimmon preserved in honey.

A traditional recipe for fruit punch is as follows:

Pour water into pot and boil clean sliced ginger and smashed cinnamon separately.

When the pleasant fragrance of ginger and cinnamon comes off, remove ginger and cinnamon and boil them again after putting honey or various other saccharated materials into them.

Pass them through the sieve and cool the liquid to 50~60℃. And put dried persimmon from which seeds are removed into it, seal the container and keep it for seven to eight hours.

Put five to six dried persimmons into a large glass bowl, pour fruit punch water and float pine nuts on it when it is served.

It is important to boil ginger and cinnamon separately and combine them to use after cooling. Because if you boil them together to make fruit punch, it would spoil their flavours and tastes and they may lose their distinctive tastes.

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