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November K-Food, Sweet PersimmonSweet and Crispy Korean Persimmon Exported to 20 Countries

Korean sweet persimmon is generally harvested from September. The peak of the exporting season falls between November and January of the following year. The advantages of Korean sweet persimmon include a high sugar content (over 14 Brix) and outstanding crispiness. The main production areas are Jinhae, Changwon, and Jinju in South Gyeongsang Province and Suncheon in South Jeolla Province. Last year, Korea exported about 6,820 tons of sweet persimmons to 20 different countries including Malaysia, China, and Thailand.

Eleven new varieties of Korean persimmon, such as persimmon that can be eaten unpeeled, have been recently developed to meet the preferences of foreign consumers. These new varieties are expected to enter foreign markets in the near future.

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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