Euiseong Hot Pepper
is grown in the clear mountainous soils of Euiseong. It has
thick peels and produces a lot of hot pepper powder when dried.
It is widely used to make Kimchi and hot pepper paste, as
it preserves the fresh taste of food.
Euiseong Jadu Village developed
the mulching technique 30 years ago. In particular, hot pepper
of Euiseong is exposed to temperatures of 30℃ or higher and intensive
sunlight between May and August. These extreme climate conditions
make Euiseong hot pepper highly nutritious and colorful.
Origin of Hot Pepper
Hot pepper grows on an annual plant in the
Solanceae family or a short, perennial shrub.
originated from South America and has a long history in the American
Continent. It is widely cultivated from tropical zone to moderate
zone. In tropical regions, it grows on a perennial plant.
Hot peppers were introduced to Korea around the time when cigarette
was brought in and has been a great influence on the Korean diet.
Some say that hot peppers were introduced to Korea by the
Japanese invaders who tried to use hot pepper to kill the people
of Joseon. However, many historical records in Japan write
that hot peppers were introduced to Japan from Korea during the
Japanese Invasion of 1592.
Korean people used to add a hot pepper
into the jars of traditional sauces or tied red peppers and charcoal
onto the ropes to announce the birth of a boy, because red hot pepper
symbolized protection from bad spirits.
of Euiseong Anpyeong Hot Pepper
Anpyeong has the geographical,
environmental, and climate conditions most suitable for growing
hot peppers. Therefore, even the same species of hot pepper
tastes better when it is grown in Anpyeong.
The use of more natural
fertilizers than chemical fertilizers enhances the sweet taste of
hot peppers while increasing their nutritional contents. Also,
as the size and quality of the fruits are determined by the method
of cultivation, accumulated experiences and outstanding technology
are highly important.
The drying process is very important
for hot peppers. There are several different ways to dry them.
The ordinary drying process is to use the dryer. These
days, sun-dried hot peppers are very popular because sunlight enhances
the rich taste of hot peppers.
However, the technology of sun-drying
determines the quality of the hot peppers. Euiseong Anpyeong
hot peppers are sun-dried in an eco-friendly way.