- Japanese apricot grows on Japanese apricot trees that
are originally from Japan. Japanese apricot tree was introduced to Korea
about 1,500 years ago and its fruit has been used as food or medicine for
hundreds of years.
Japanese apricot only grows in
Northeast Asia: Korea, China, and Japan. It is a kind of fruit that grows in a limited
temperate zone. In Korea, it grows
in the southern part. The ones that grow
in the northern region bloom flowers but bear no fruit. Japan has studied various ways to
process and utilize Japanese apricot and proved its mysterious efficacies and
contribution to human health.
has made Japanese apricot wine for several decades and began to produce
Japanese apricot beverages just recently.
Traditional Japanese apricot condiments were first sold by Cheongmaesil
Farm of Gwangyang in 1994.
of Japanese Apricot
- According to Donguibogam,
Japanese apricot is sour and free of toxicity, and also relieves fever. It treats heartburn, tranquilizes the heart,
stops thirst and diarrhea, and revitalizes the muscles and the pulse. Bonchogangmok writes that Japanese apricot
heals the liver and gall bladder, strengthens the muscles to relieve fatigue
and prevent aging, eliminate bad breath, and treats paralysis and epilepsy.
○ Substances of Japanese
- Japanese apricot contains many
nutrients that are beneficial for the human body. It contains four times more calcium and six
times more iron than apple. Japanese
apricot contains a lot of magnesium and zinc, which are nutrients that our body
can easily lack.
- Japanese apricot extract is made by cleaning
the fruit and boiling the juice in low heat.
Japanese apricot in hot pepper sauce is chopped Japanese apricot mixed
with hot pepper paste.
- Maehwa Village (Seomjin
Village) at Dosa-ri Daap-myeon,
Gwangyang lights up with Japanese apricot blossoms early spring every year. From early March to early April, about a
million roots of Japanese apricot trees across the fields and mountains bloom
blossoms and greet the spring visitors to Maehwa Festival. The view of Seomjin River
through the blooms is beautifully harmonious.
- Maehwa Festival
starts in early March near Seomjingyo Bridge at Seomjin
Village (Maehwa Village)
of Daap-myeon, Gwangyang. The festival
includes many events, such as the memorial ritual, tourist promotion, Maehwa
concert, KBS National Singing Contest, farm experience, spring news, national
Japanese apricot photography contest, Japanese apricot drawing contest, and
live photo service, to attract many families.