Pear, a typical Korean autumn fruit, is generally harvested from September. The peak of the harvesting season falls around Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), so pear is often associated with the holiday. The merits of the Korean pear include its refreshing sweetness and crispness. The sugar content averages 12 to 14 Brix. Thanks to its sweetness, Korean pear is widely processed into extract, juice, and jam.
The main production regions are Naju (South Jeolla Province), Cheonan (South Chungcheong Province), and Anseong (Gyeonggi Province). The sweetness and high quality of the Korean pear have opened the doors of 30 markets around the world, including the US and Taiwan. Among the different kinds of pears cultivated in Korea, Singo pear is the one most popular overseas.
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