December 04, 2022
KCNA Naenara (En)

Persimmon Tree Familiar to Our Life

Date: 05/10/2022 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

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The Korean people have long since cultivated persimmon tree.

The fact is proved by the historical data that a wild persimmon tree was used as the stock for persimmon tree in the 12th century and the records of Tonggukrisanggukjip and other old documents compiled in the 13th century.

The tree lives long and is fairly resistant to insects. It provides cool shade in midsummer and turns crimson and bears fruits in autumn. Its fallen leaves are used as quality manure. So, it is regarded as a useful tree.

Persimmon contains a large amount of sugar, pectin, carotenoid and vitamin C.

It can be eaten raw or used for making such nutritious foods as kotgam (dried persimmon on a spit), persimmon punch (one of national drinks), yakbap (a sweet rice dish) and persimmon liquor. The fruit and leaves are also used as medicinal materials.

Persimmon tree grows well in the Anbyon, Kosong and Thongchon areas in Kangwon Province and the Ongjin area in South Hwanghae Province.

At present, tens of species including Anbyon, Yonan, Ongjin and Haeju persimmons are cultivated in the country.

The most famous is Anbyon persimmon. It is mainly distributed in the Anbyon and Thongchon areas and is renowned as “Anbyon glutinous persimmon” for its sweet taste.

So, it is recognized as a local specialty.

The family of Kim Yong Duk living in Chonsam-ri, Anbyon County, for generations grows about 50 persimmon trees.

When the trees around his house bear fruits, neighbours say that the whole village seems red.

Every year the family gathers 70 to 100 kilograms of persimmons per tree.

There are many persimmon-tree houses in Anbyon County.

They send fruits to nurseries and kindergartens near the village or make kotgam .

Persimmon gets ripe in October and November in Korea.

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