Grown in Dangjin-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Harvested in two seasons May~July and October~November
Lustrous red cabbage with a farm head...
The season for harvesting the Korean red cabbage has begun! Vividly red, the vegetable creates salads of great shape and color. The first harvest in Korea starts in May but you can see red cabbages on market shelves throughout the year because they are grown in many areas (central, southern, and high-altitude parts of the country) so the harvesting time varies by region.
The red cabbages that you will buy from now until July have probably been harvested in the central region, but when the harvest there has almost come to an end in July, the cooler, high-altitude region starts to produce the vegetable. Similarly, when the harvest season in the high-altitude region is about to finish, the central part of Korea is offering consumers autumn’s red cabbages!
Dangjin, Chungcheongnam-do, is emerging as an area for cultivating western vegetables. Rice is, of course, the main agri-product of Dangjin, but some farms whose conditions are not good for rice-cultivation are now turning to growing the western cabbage.
The Dangjin Agricultural Technology Center (DATC), an educational institute, has been teaching farmers how to cultivate western vegetables. From 2007, 42 farmers have been working on expanding the areas for cultivating western vegetables such as lettuce and broccoli. They organized the “Western Vegetable Research Group (WBRG)” and are sorting and distributing co-harvested vegetables together so that the excellent quality of the vegetables is ensured and grading is made easier.
Farms in Dangjin harvest red cabbages twice: in green houses from May to July and from the bare ground from October to November.
A manager of WBRG, Lee Jong-seok, explains that “the members of the group cultivate red cabbages while sharing information and receiving regular education sessions from the DATC. We are mainly focusing on producing what customers need.”
The excellence of the red cabbages cultivated by the group members, including Mr. Lee, has been proven in the Garak Market, the biggest wholesale market in Korea. They receive the highest prices because of the vivid purple color, sheen, and firm heads of the vegetables.
Interview Kim Seok-gwang Counselor
“Disseminating cutting-edge cultivation method to farmers”
Mr. Kim Seok-gwang is in charge of horticulture at the DATC. He educates farmers and works on expanding the cultivation areas for western vegetables such as red cabbages, lettuce, and broccoli.
Could you tell us about the support that the DATC provides to the farms?
We are assisting farmers in cultivating and distributing high-quality western vegetables. This year, we are going to push ahead with the plan for establishing a special cultivating center for western vegetables that will be equipped with low-temperature storages and seedling culture rooms. The center will also provide know-how about the felt front undercover culture method.
In your opinion, why do Dangjin red cabbages have such an excellent reputation?
I think this is because of the passion of the farmers. They are enthusiastic about learning how to use new technologies, so when we open classes many farmers attend. Plus, the rich soil and great differences in temperatures between day and night create favorable conditions for growing the vegetable.
What are your plans for the future?
We are going to expand the cultivation area and build low-temperature storages. We are also planning to acquire a global quality certification.
Inquiries Dangjin Agricultural Technology Center (DATC) Tel +82-41-359-4150 E-mail ksk9268@Korea.kr
Park Sung Eun email@example.com
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