백설참외 – White Korean Melon?

I picked up this little guy at the Hyundai supermarket.

It is a kind of melon which is normally yellow. The melon is called a 참외, or chamoe.

I was surprised to see a white one! So I bought it for 4,000 won ($4USD) and ate it up. The result? Though a Korean melon tastes more like a melon/pear hybrid to me, this one was more like a cucumber. Interesting. Even my husband tried it for the first time.

From Wikipedia: The Korean melon or chamoe (참외), following its Korean name, is a type of melon primarily grown in Korea. The fruit is typically about half-foot (15 cm) long and weighs slightly over 1 pound (0.45 kg). It has smooth, oblong with white stripes that run the length of the fruit.It has white flesh that is juicy and sweet, and the seed cavity is filled with small white seeds. Although most Korean melons marketed is yellow in color, there are variant cultivars of green or ivory colors. The flavor has been described as a cross between a honeydew melon and a cucumber. The fruits are usually eaten fresh; with its thin rind and small seeds, the melon can be eaten whole. 

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Red Kiwi?

Have you ever heard of a red kiwi?

Since moving to Korea, I had tried ‘Gold Kiwi’ (which is delicious <3) and now I finally got around to trying out the red kiwi. They were on sale at my local market, so I decided to take some home and make some juice.

The ones I had seemed to be pretty ripe. They weren’t as red as the package. XD

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pACKAGING!

a LITTLE SHOT OF THE NNER PART. soRRY FOR THE JUICY HAND LOL

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Get in the blender guys! There are about 4 here.image

The juice is delicious! I should have blended it a little bit more. As for the taste, it’s just a little bit sweeter than a regular kiwi. Nice! I’ll make some again tomorrow. image

Bonus fact: Red kiwi has twice the amount of Vitamin C as a regular kiwi! Enjoy!

The Hallabong (한라봉) or Dekopon

 

Have you seen this fruit around Korea?
It could easily be mistaken for a big orange, but the taste is a little different.
Hallabongs (한라봉) get their name from Halla Mountain, a dormant volcano on the island of Jeju in South Korea.
This is where there are primarily grown.
They are large and sweet like oranges, but with less pulp.
They are also particularly juicy compared to an orange.
You can try a fresh hallabong, or try it in various other ways.
Have you seen ‘Hallabong Chocolate’? It is chocolate mixed with the hallabong taste. It’s a popular item for tourists.
I was surprised to find that another name for Hallabong is ‘Dekopon’.
Give this awesome fruit a try.
I wanted to include some information I found on Wikipedia:
(It’s a hybrid fruit!)

Dekopon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dekopon

Dekopon (デコポン?) is a seedless and very sweet citrus fruit, a hybrid between Kiyomi and ponkan (Nakano no.3), developed in Japan in 1972.[1][2] Originally a brand name, Dekopon has become a genericized trademark and it is used to refer to all brands of the fruit; the generic name is shiranuhi or shiranui (不知火?).[1][2] Dekopon is distinctive due to its sweet taste, large size and the large protruding bump on the top of the fruit.

Names

The name is most likely a portmanteau between the word deko (凸, デコ; meaning convex) as a reference to its bump, and the pon in ponkan (ポンカン; one of the fruits that it is derived from) to create dekopon (デコポン).[3]

There were many market names for dekopon during the time dekopon was a trademark of the product from Kumamoto. For instance, himepon was the market name for the fruits originating from Ehime prefecture. The ones grown in Hiroshima prefecture were marketed as hiropon. However after an agreement whereby anyone can use the name dekopon if they pay a fee and meet certain quality standards, the name “dekopon” is used for products from anywhere in Japan.[3]

Dekopon does not have an agricultural variety registration number (Nōrin Bangō)[4] because of its bump, which at the time of its development was considered to be unsightly, and failure to reduce acidity in the fruit.[5]

Outside of Japan

In Brazil, dekopon is marketed under the brand name of Kinsei which derived from the Japanese word for Venus.[10] Brazilian farmers have succeeded in adapting the variety to tropical to temperate climate in the highlands of Sao Paulo state. The work is done by Unkichi Taniwaki, a farmer of Japanese origin.[10] Kinsei is easily harvested from May to September. In the high season for kinsei, each fruit costs around 0.50 USD at the Brazilian street market and supermarkets.

In South Korea, dekopon is called hallabong (한라봉) named after Hallasan the mountain located in Jeju-do, where it is primarily grown.

The fruit was brought into the United States in 1998 by a California citrus grower, Brad Stark. The rights to the cleaned up budwood were purchased in 2005 by the Griffith family. It was released as a commercial product under the name “Sumo” in early 2011.[11]

Others

Dekopon have become so popular in Japan that the chewing candy brand giant Hi-Chew (ハイチュウ) has released a limited-edition dekopon flavor.[12]

In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the first shipment of dekopon, Japan Fruit Growers Cooperative Association designated March 1 “Dekopon day” in 2006.[13]