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Pick juicy Jeju mandarins for the day!Get grabbing at the island’s gamgyul in this how-to guide to picking this sweet winter crop
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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.

Photo by Eric Hevesy Photography

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.

Jeju City farms

*All buses from Jeju City

Baengnokdam Farm
557, Beonyeong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
064-723-3210
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The fee per person is 4,000 won, including 1kg of mandarins to take home. Every kilogram thereafter is 2,000 won.

Get bus #720 or 730 to Bonggae-dong and get off at the “Bonggae Water Park” bus stop. Walk back north and cross the road, and the farm is next to Bonggae Church.

Odeung Gamgyul Farm
8-15, Odeung 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
064-746-4738
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The fee per person is 6,000 won, and you can take home 2kg of mandarins.
Get bus #5 to Odeung-dong bus stop and access the farm through the Haneulchae Garden restaurant.

Gyulhyanggi Agricultural Association
3118, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
064-744-3388 and 010-4584-3356
8:30am - 6pm

The fee per person is 5,000 won, including 1kg of mandarins to take home. Every kilogram thereafter is 3,000 won.

Get bus #740, 95 or 46 to Halla Arboretum (Shin Jeju) and walk half a kilometer south to the farm.

Photo courtesy Seogwipo City

Seogwipo City farms

*All buses from Seogwipo City

VIP Hallabong Farm
8342, Iljudong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
010-2663-2538
9am - 6pm

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.

Jejuhyang Nongsusan
285, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
064-738-6776
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.

Facilities
Exhibition room, 3D video and seminar room, a folklore exhibit, a subtropical garden and more.

Mandarin picking
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

Mandarin cooking
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?

Ingredients
Five unripe mandarins
1.8 liters of soju

Cooking steps
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

Ingredients
300g of pumpkin
Half a cup of mandarin juice
100g of sugar
One cup of water
A splash of ginger juice

Cooking steps
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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