When you think of fruit on Jeju, what comes to mind?
Probably oranges, right? The oranges that grow on the island are popular throughout Korea and they are a common gift for people to bring home after a trip to Jeju.
Sometimes, though, it would seem like oranges aren't enough if you are looking for a really special gift. Especially around Chuseok.
That is where Jeju mangoes come in.
The mango boxsets, which are being sold on lottemart.com, cost 180,000 won (around USD 157) for 3kg worth of Jeju mangos. According to their pictures, if you choose the largest mango type available you will get around six or seven mangos.
The mangoes are not native to the island, but farmers in Seogwipo have recently (the farm selling the mangos say they started growing them 30 years ago) started to grow the fruits and sell them on the island.
The type of mango they sell are apple mangos. These are quite different to the yellow Carabao Mango which is commonly found on Jeju after being imported from the Philipines.
Because of this, the growers claim they are fresher and a better quality than the mangoes that have come from further away countries.
While I don't doubt this, (and I have actually tried mangoes grown here and they are really delicious!), I'm not really sure if I would ever be able to splash out 180,000 won for a set!
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