The “Fruit Series of 1975” Album

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The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the fourth article of Stewart Steres’ series of South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about Korean grown fruits. (NOTE: The album says 1975 although the stamps inside were all issued in 1974).

Korean Fruit

Koreans love their food, including their fruit. Some of the most popular fruits in Korea include tangerines, persimmons, grapes, and peaches. If you are lucky enough to be able to travel to South Korea, make sure you sample the fruit! Fruits from Korea are highly valued, which is evident by their high cost despite the plentiful supply! Some of the fruit in Korea can be found in supermarkets around the world: however, it’s worth hunting them down when you visit South Korea so you can embrace the culture and eat as the locals do.

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Fruits grown in Korea are unique because of their high quality and taste. While some popular fruits like strawberries, peaches, and apples can be found across the world, many Korean fruits are grown almost exclusively domestically. The unique climate and difficulty growing means that many fruits from Korea are expensive in overseas markets. Of all the fruits grown in Korea on this list that you must try, Kyoho grapes they are a hybrid grape that is incredibly popular in Korea and East Asia. They are black-purple in appearance and have a sweet delicious taste with just enough acidity to balance them out. Be careful when eating them, as the seeds are very bitter and not usually consumed.

Similar in appearance to tomatoes the persimmon is grown in the fall months and is a local favorite fruit in Korea. Known for their sweet, honey-like taste when ripe, persimmons can be found in all parts of Korea and many regions of South-East Asia.

Known as ‘bae’ in Korea, the Asian pear has a lot of different names, including Japanese pear, Chinese pear, and Korean pear. Perfect, blemish-free Asian pears are highly sought-after fruit in Korea, as they can be given as gifts. They’re usually cushioned by a protective foam mesh to stop bruises and damage that might lower their value and make them unappealing to shoppers. [Fruits In Korea: 9 Korean Fruits You Must Eat In South Korea by Amber S. Hoffman]

Booklet specifications

  • Produced by the Ministry of Communications.
  • Vinyl, folded once.
  • The dimensions are 118mm x 188 mm.
  • The front cover has gold embossed lettering of the title and the “Ministry of Communications, Republic of Korea”
  • The stamps are housed in sleeves and are KPSC 735- 744 ,Scott 893-902 (2 each).
Fig. 1: Cover
Fig. 2: Page 1
Fig. 3: Page 2
Fig. 4: Back cover

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