Jirisan Mountain’s wild honey collected only once a year after the first frost of the winter, is considered one of the best honeys in the nation because it is very rich in propolis, pollen and wax gathered by wild bees that only collect honey from hundreds and thousands of flowers, inhabiting Jirisan Mountain’s pollution-free area with altitudes higher than 600m from spring to fall.
Korean Pine Needle Beef
Pine needle beef is a traditional Korean beef produced using the best semen collected from 7,000 registered cattle in Hadong. Pine needle beef is acquired from healthy cattle fed with environment-friendly feed that contains patented pine needle probiotics. Korean Pine Needle Beef is produced from the top quality Korean cattle (Grade 1) fully fatten up to 28 months by the member farms of Hadong’s Pine Needle Korean Cattle Research Society (President Seo In-seok).
Acer Mono Sap
The sap collected from acer mono trees in the pollution-free Jirisan Mountain region contain a lot of saccharose and minerals. Acer mono sap is also known to stabilize blood sugar levels, help you recover from fatigue, strengthen your stomach, have a diuretic effect and boost your stamina. Acer mon sap can be consumed by men and women of all ages. The flavor and smell are not strong nor distinct. Sap is essentially water that has minerals, nutrients and sugar so it’s safe to consume as everyday drinking water. According to Korea Testing and Research Institute for Chemical Industry’s data, acer mono sap’s sugar content is between 1.8 to 2.0%.
Chwinamul (Seasoned Aster)
The clean Jirisan Mountain in Hadong is famous for its pollution-free, asters. There are many different varieties of asters like aster scaber, Ligularia fischeri and Aster tataricus but the ones we usually eat are the young leaves of aster scaber. They are so called the ‘king of wild greens’ because of their remarkable nutritional value and flavors. Seasoned asters is a great alkaline food that is filled with calcium, Vitamin C and amino acids and, they can boost your appetite in the spring.
Hadong is also famous for its high-quality, crispy organic lettuce grown in the fertile red soil by Seomjingang River.
The nutritional value of mushrooms is already well known and many types of mushrooms including Enoki mushrooms contain unique amino acids, sugars and vitamins that other animals and plants do not have. Hadong is famous for its high-quality, pollutant-free Enoki mushrooms carefully cultivated in controlled, modernized facilities.
The unique flavor of foods prepared with Shiitake mushrooms comes from guanylic acids in Shiitake mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms also contain amino acids like glutamic acid, tyrosine, phenylalanine, alanine, leucine, proline and aspartic acid which give that unique savory taste.
Oyster mushrooms have been used as traditional ingredients in Korea for thousands of years and are still one of the most popular mushrooms used every day. Hadong’s Oyster mushrooms are filled with nutritious amino acids, vitamins and enzymes and they offer a very unique smell and flavor.
Tomatoes are a great snack and ingredient filled with Vitamin A. They have a unique smell and are great for regulating the amount of water in your body.
Zucchinis are in seasons usually from summer to fall. The ones you see from winter to spring are grown in greenhouses. There are green and yellow zucchinis. Zucchinis taste better cooked than raw. They also have a unique, subtle bitter taste but the texture is similar to that of eggplants. They are also similar to eggplants in that the they become very soft when cooked and taste better when cooked with oil or butter. Zucchinis have a beautiful skin so they are usually cooked with the skin unpeeled. You can chop them up in small round pieces and stir fry them in butter with some steak or parboil them and make a salad with some salt and lemon juice. Zucchinis are also great when they are boiled in cream or tomato sauce. If you want something special, you can boil them slightly, slice them in thin slices and roll them up with slices of more colorful ingredients like salmon and tomato for a great hors d'oeuvre. Zucchini fritters or fries also great. Zucchini flower fritters made by frying zucchini flower coated with some cheese are a great Italian dish. Zucchinis are a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They are a low-calorie ingredient low in sugar, starch and calories.
Paprikas produced in the rich riverbed soil below Jirisan Mountain are filled with a lot of Vitamin A and other nutrients and they are largely exported to Japan. Paprikas are also referred to as the "jewel of vegetables" because of their amazing variety of colors, high nutrient content, taste much sweeter (scale 7 to 10) than green bell peppers and low calorie. They are just as great for decorating and when you’re on a diet. The thickness of the skin varies from season to season but paprika usually have a thicker skin (4-10mm) and are bigger (130-280g/fruit) than green bell peppers. Paprikas have high Vitamin A, Vitamin C and iron contents and the red ones have 1.5 to 2 times the amount found in green bell peppers.
Hadong’s watermelons produced from the fertile sandy soil by Seomjingang River have a thin rind and remarkable sweetness. They are largely exported to Japan. Although they have a high water content and have little nutritional value, the high sugar and water contents make them a wonderful fruit great for hydration and fatigue during summer.
Autumn squashes produced from the fertile, sandy soil by Seomjingang River are very sweet, have a wonderful, floury texture like chestnuts and are largely exported to Japan as a healthy food.
Strawberries produced from the fertile lands by Deokcheongang River under Jirisan Mountain, are famous for their highly nutritional value, sweet fragrance and flavor and, are largely exported to Japan. Strawberry contains significantly more Vitamin C than other fruits. The tip is the sweetest part and the neck or the middle section is less sweet. Strawberries are also 0.6-1.5% organic acid which gives sourness to the fruit. Strawberries contain 80mg of Vitamin C per 100g, twice the amount found in lemons.
Eggplants grown in the fertile, unpolluted soil with Seomjingang River’s clean water have a bright color and amazingly crispy texture and, they are largely exported to Japan.
Kiwi fruit grown in Hadong which has a high average annual temperature are very sweet and flavorful. They have a wonderful sour and sweet flavor and are filled with Vitamin C. The actinidin enzyme in kiwi fruit make them a great meat and fish tenderizer. Their high Vitamin C content also boost your energy and enhances your skin. Fully ripe kiwi fruit are shaped like a jelly bean and are very moisture-rich. Inside, the small brownish seeds are aligned in concentric circles. The juice contains enzyme that decompose proteins so they are great as a dessert after a meal or for tenderizing your meat. Putting some thin slices of kiwi fruit on top of chewy beef for about 20 minutes will make your meat perfectly tender for a great steak.
The thick woods in Jirisan Mountain is the largest chestnut production region in the nation. Chestnuts grown in this region have a hard, brown outer hull, savory sweet flavor and are very nutritious, rich in fibers and tannin. Chestnuts are an alkaline food and traditional staple food that can be enjoyed raw or roasted and used for making sweets in Korea.
Green plums produced in clean Jirisan Mountain region are sour, have no toxins, pacify heartburns and excess heat in the body, relieve your stress, relieve pain in your legs, arms and body, clear your skin, stop diarrhea, quench your thirst and also boost your muscle and heart energy. The seeds are known to improve your vision and boost your overall energy. Since the old days, Hadong has been famous for its optimal climate and soil conditions for cultivating green plums. The green plums produced in these clean Jirisan Mountain regions are dense and famous across the nation for their unique fragrance. Here in Hadong, the green plum cultivating areas amount to 188ha.
Agyang Daebong Persimmons grown with the clean waters, pure air and fertile soil of Jirisan Mountain have a beautiful shape, unique fragrance and an amazingly sweet flavor that are incomparable to those of any other fruit. Daebong persimmons are also known to have been offered to kings in the old days. Daebong Persimmon is also a government-certified ‘Traditional Quality Fruit’. Agyang in Hadong which is known to have a mild climate and fertile soil, is believed to be first site where the seeds of Daebong Persimmon were planted. Daebong persimmons were originally called ‘Woegam’ or ‘Hachiya’ but is now called in a pure Korean name. Daebong persimmons grown in Agyang have a unique flavor and fragrance that are nothing like Daebong persimmons grown in other places.
Sweet persimmons have a unique sweetness that is both fresh and savory. A single sweet persimmon also provides Vitamin A and Vitamin C enough for the entire day. Sweet persimmons dried in the clean natural environment of Jirisan Mountain in Hadong offer the best quality in the nation.
Cheonggyeolmi Rice is a premium rice produced using the clean waters of Seomjingang River and Hadong Lake under Jirisan Mountain and processed in advanced computerized facilities. Cheonggyeolmi Rice is famous for its high nutrient content and rich flavor. Cheonggyeolmi Rice is a government-certified quality rice.