Culinary Culture of Korea

Traditional Fruit Beverage – Hwachae

Hwachae, or honeyed juice mixed with fruits, is a traditional drink of the Korean nation.

The fruit slices floating on the juice look like a flower, hence the name.

The refreshing and invigorating beverage is easy to make.

Korean people had already been making Hwachae by adding pear, balsam pear, pomegranate and other fruits in honeyed water in the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392) and its varieties were increased during the period of the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910).

It is still a popular dessert in the dietary life of Koreans.

The Chongnyu Restaurant, the Sagyejol Restaurant in Changgwang food alley and many other public catering facilities serve hwachae made with different kinds of fruit.

Housewives make the beverage with apple, pear, watermelon, strawberry and other fruits.

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