We guarantee it will be all-smiles if you spend the day picking Jeju's mandarins this winter. Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography
We all know that Jeju is full of mandarins in wintertime!
Even though you might be feeling down with the long days of summer so far away, you can lift your spirits with a walk through some of Jeju’s citrus fields, or even just take a whiff of their sweet fragrance.
The gamgyul is one of Jeju’s most famous products and it is in full bloom at this time of year. From the fat and juicy “Hallabong” to the fragrant and sweet “cheonhaehyang,” Jeju has a citrus for you.
Their benefits aren’t limited to taste, however. The industry has been so important to locals over the years that the crop is said to pay for Jeju children’s education.
Tourists can get the full benefits too, particularly by getting on their hands and knees and picking the fruit!
Isn’t that just cheap labor? Yes, kind of, but you do get to keep your harvest, and eat as much as you like while collecting it. On top of that, you spend the day in Jeju’s beautiful countryside.
What to expect: Although you are not a laborer, this can be pretty hard labor so no complaints if you graze your knees or pick up a few scratches. Clothing: Wear tough outdoor clothing and strong footwear. Pricing: Most farms charge you per kilogram picked with different pricing for each citrus type. Noji gamgyul tends to be cheapest with Hallabong most expensive.
2,000 won per kilogram of noji gamgyul / 7,000 won per kilogram of Hallabong (starting from January)
Get off bus #730 at Sanghyo Ipgu bus stop and the entrance is right opposite.
285, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
9:30am - 5pm
The fee per person is 5,000 won including a maximum of 1kg of mandarins to take home.
Get off the #600 bus at ICC Jeju and walk half a kilometer northeast to the farm.
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
Seogwipo Citrus Museum
441, Hyodonsunhwan-ro, Seogwipo-si
064-767-3010 / citrusmuseum.com
9am - 6pm (7pm July-Sept)
Entrance: 1,500 won for adults
Get off the #730 bus at Sinhyo bus stop and walk around 850 meters north to the museum entrance.
Exhibition room, 3D video and seminar room, a folklore exhibit, a subtropical garden and more.
9:30am - 11:30am / 1:30pm - 5pm
(last entry is 5pm to pick mandarins).
6,000 won per person per kilogram
No limitation on tasting and includes museum entrance
No reservation necessary
3,000 won per person to make cookies or muffins
Weekdays only / reservation needed.
Getting sozzled on citrus — mandarin soju
After a day in the fields you will need some of the hard stuff, so why not knock this concoction up in advance to share with friends?
Five unripe mandarins
1.8 liters of soju
1. Wash and dry the five unripe mandarins thoroughly
2. Remove the pith and peel of three mandarins
3. Cut the remaining two mandarins into 1cm chunks
4. Place all the mandarins (whole and chunks) in a jar
5. Add the soju to the jar
6. Seal the jar and store in a cool, shaded place
Tip: For a bitter taste, add more peel
Mandarin and pumpkin jam
The morning after your effort you can treat yourself to this natural citrus breakfast
300g of pumpkin
Half a cup of mandarin juice
100g of sugar
One cup of water
A splash of ginger juice
1. Peel pumpkin and remove seeds
2. Boil pumpkin
3. Blend the pumpkin
4. Add pumpkin to the saucepan with the mandarin juice, ginger juice, water and sugar.
5. Heat on a low heat and stir until congealed and “jammy”
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