Seasonal summer Korean fruit. You may wonder why I'm posting what seems like regular watermelon, peaches, nectarines and concord grapes - but there is something different about these fruits that are available in abundance during the summer in Korea. Fruits in Korea are very seasonal and some are only available at certain times of the year. The price, freshness, availability and taste really depend according to this as well. When a certain fruit is in season, they are incredibly sweet, juicy and delicious! I don't think I've had fruit that's sweeter than the ones in Korea! Get these summer gems while they are still around!


Korean Watermelon (수박 - SooBak)

So dense and heavy, but when you cut it it practically slices itself open once you make a crack! The watermelon rind somehow seems to magically tear effortlessly as you glide the knife through - quite amazing actually! Love the handy knotted blue and yellow string that they give you to easily carry the watermelon. You can find these for a very reasonable price during the summer time either on random fruit trucks around in the city, at your local supermarket or bigger grocery store. Depending on the size, it will range from 6000-13 000won when they are in season. Off-season, they can be up to 40, 000!

So dense and heavy, but when you cut it it practically slices itself open once you make a crack! The watermelon rind somehow seems to magically tear effortlessly as you glide the knife through - quite amazing actually! Love the handy knotted blue and yellow string that they give you to easily carry the watermelon. You can find these for a very reasonable price during the summer time either on random fruit trucks around in the city, at your local supermarket or bigger grocery store. Depending on the size, it will range from 6000-13 000won when they are in season. Off-season, they can be up to 40, 000!

Korean watermelon is the sweetest and juiciest watermelon I've ever had. I don't know how they do it - someone joked that they attach a sugar pipe to the vines, but I don't want to believe that. They have seed-in and seedless varieties, but I prefer the seed-in. I think things taste best in it's original state/form and it's just seems more fresh to have seeds in the fruit.

Korean watermelon is the sweetest and juiciest watermelon I've ever had. I don't know how they do it - someone joked that they attach a sugar pipe to the vines, but I don't want to believe that. They have seed-in and seedless varieties, but I prefer the seed-in. I think things taste best in it's original state/form and it's just seems more fresh to have seeds in the fruit.


Korean Peaches (복숭아 - BokSoongAh)

These peaches have such soft and succulent flesh that drips juice down your hand and arm with each bite. You will definitely need a few napkins to wipe up the mess after eating these juicy gems! I guess you can just cut up the fruit too, but it tastes just as good if you eat it like you would eat an apple too. These are delicious as well as beautiful and are one of my favourite summer fruits. 

These peaches have such soft and succulent flesh that drips juice down your hand and arm with each bite. You will definitely need a few napkins to wipe up the mess after eating these juicy gems! I guess you can just cut up the fruit too, but it tastes just as good if you eat it like you would eat an apple too. These are delicious as well as beautiful and are one of my favourite summer fruits. 

Along with most other fruits, you can find fruit trucks carrying seasonal fruits. They will be parked in particular yet unpredictable places around the city. Some apartments have regular times and places, and others you just need to be in the right place at the right time!

Along with most other fruits, you can find fruit trucks carrying seasonal fruits. They will be parked in particular yet unpredictable places around the city. Some apartments have regular times and places, and others you just need to be in the right place at the right time!

If you can't find a fruit truck, you can also just go to your local supermarket or grocery store. The price will depend on the size and number of peaches you get. I just bought 4 for 6500won from my C&U convenient store in my building. It's probably a bit more than a fruit truck or grocery store, and you may wonder how good is the quality of fruit from a corner store? I did too - but I was pleasantly blown away! The picture above is one of them and it was one of the juiciest peaches I've ever had!

If you can't find a fruit truck, you can also just go to your local supermarket or grocery store. The price will depend on the size and number of peaches you get. I just bought 4 for 6500won from my C&U convenient store in my building. It's probably a bit more than a fruit truck or grocery store, and you may wonder how good is the quality of fruit from a corner store? I did too - but I was pleasantly blown away! The picture above is one of them and it was one of the juiciest peaches I've ever had!


Korean Nectarines (천도 복숭아 - JunDo BokSoongAh)

The hairless and smaller version of our peach, the nectarine. They can be smaller or bigger, and depending on the size, they can even look like mini apples! I only like nectarines when they are soft and ripe. Some people prefer them when they are crunchy and less ripe.

The hairless and smaller version of our peach, the nectarine. They can be smaller or bigger, and depending on the size, they can even look like mini apples! I only like nectarines when they are soft and ripe. Some people prefer them when they are crunchy and less ripe.

These were also from my downstairs C&U convenient store and only cost 3800won for 6! I need to leave some to soften up and ripen, but the ones that were ripe were juicy, sweet and delicious - not as juicy as the peach, but still good.

These were also from my downstairs C&U convenient store and only cost 3800won for 6! I need to leave some to soften up and ripen, but the ones that were ripe were juicy, sweet and delicious - not as juicy as the peach, but still good.


Korean Grapes (포도 - PohDoh...these are 거봉포도 - GuhBong PohDoh)

These are also one of my favourite Korean summertime fruits! They are different than regular grapes - I call them concord grapes because we used to eat those back home in Vancouver, but I'm not sure if 거봉포도 (GuhBong PohDoh) is exactly the same thing or just similar. When I start to see these grapes come back in the stores and street, it definitely means Korea summertime to me! 

These are also one of my favourite Korean summertime fruits! They are different than regular grapes - I call them concord grapes because we used to eat those back home in Vancouver, but I'm not sure if 거봉포도 (GuhBong PohDoh) is exactly the same thing or just similar. When I start to see these grapes come back in the stores and street, it definitely means Korea summertime to me! 

There are smaller versions too, but the 거봉포도 are much bigger in size, and you usually don't eat the peel because it is quite thick. Love love love these grapes!

There are smaller versions too, but the 거봉포도 are much bigger in size, and you usually don't eat the peel because it is quite thick. Love love love these grapes!

You hold it as you bite and suck out the inside grape flesh along with the sweet juice and then bite out the soft innards of the peel. With the smaller versions, you can also just eat the peel if you prefer. I don't bite the seeds (they get stuck in my teeth), but I just swallow them instead of spitting them out. It's easier and less messy that way and they're so small anyways that you don't even notice them!

You hold it as you bite and suck out the inside grape flesh along with the sweet juice and then bite out the soft innards of the peel. With the smaller versions, you can also just eat the peel if you prefer. I don't bite the seeds (they get stuck in my teeth), but I just swallow them instead of spitting them out. It's easier and less messy that way and they're so small anyways that you don't even notice them!


Here are 3 reasons why buying seasonal fruit in Korea is a good idea:

1) They are actually available to buy!

2) Super sweet, fresh, and ripe!

3) Much much much cheaper!

If you end up buying too much or just want to stock up on the great fruit that's available only for a limited period of time, I like to buy it and then cut it up to freeze. A wide variety of frozen fruits aren't readily found in Korea - so make your own frozen fruit ready to throw in whenever you want a smoothies! I love having watermelon smoothies mixed with my Vanilla whey protein powder, chia seeds and almond butter I just got from my most recent iherb order! Can't wait to make a peach smoothie next time!


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