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The Zesty Truth of Jeju Tangerine Picking: Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Tangerine, Jeju Island, South Korea

The Jeju tangerine, or gamgyul, is a citrus fruit miracle, lauded across Jeju Island and South Korea at large. It’s true, Koreans love Jeju anything. From its summery island beaches to Iho Beach or the secret Hidden Beach of Jeju Island, South Korea, to its statuesque Hallasan Mountain, verdant O’Sulloc green tea fields, and its iconic Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbang), Jeju Island is an icon across South Korea. So, of course, there’s gonna be a lot of Jeju tangerine talk about how amazing and delicious the citrus fruits are. But how much of this is true? We went to a local Jeju tangerine farm to find out.

 

 

Tangerine Picking on Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju tangerine groves are plentiful across the island. Upon the welcome of autumn in South Korea and throughout the winter, the rows of Jeju tangerine trees burst with the orange fruit—in fact, we chose Jeju tangerine picking as one of the top couples travel activities for autumn in Korea. Even more important, the scrumptious fruit plays an important role in Jeju Island’s culture and economy. If you make a visit to Jeju Island, South Korea during harvest time, it’s quite easy to get your own hand in some Jeju tangerine picking!

Picking Jeju Islands Tangerines

For our own venture into the Jeju Island, South Korea famed fruit, we visited the Gyulhyanggi farm near the Halla Arboretum in Shin Jeju (yes, the same Halla Arboretum we visited to see the Korean cherry blossom trees!). It’s super convenient for us, as it’s about a 20 minute walk from our apartment. The farm opens at 9 am and closes at 6 pm.


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For 5000 won (about $5 USD), we were allowed to roam freely across the tangerine grove for as long as we wanted (we stayed until it got dark). At our Jeju tangerine grove, the trees were organic and pesticide-free: meaning you can eat the delicious ripe fruit right off the tree. While you’re at the grove you can eat as many as you want, and when you leave, you can take home 1 kilo of tangerines per person.
Picking Jeju Tangerine Oranges

During our visit, we had the entire grove to ourselves. We also saw persimmon trees, which are ubiquitous across South Korea this time of year, and yuzu trees.

For no extra cost, you can also use the farm’s gloves, clippers and baskets. The Jeju tangerine farm also had a small gift shop selling Jeju Island chocolates and citrus teas.

Jeju Tangerine Farm on Jeju Island, South Korea

Getting There

Take bus 740, 95 or 46 to Halla Arboretum in Shin Jeju and walk half a kilometer up the hill until you reach the farm.

Gyulhyanggi Agricultural Association
3118, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

Phone Number: 010-4584-3356


If you’re staying on the south side of Jeju Island, you can take advantage of this discount for Jeju tangerine picking near Jeju Jungmun Resort for $4 USD for all-you-can-eat plus a kilo to take home!



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The Zesty Truth of the Jeju Tangerine

So what’s the verdict on the Jeju tangerine? 

It’s freaking delicious. The perfect blend of sweet and tart, it’s easy to see why the Jeju Island citrus fruit is famous all throughout South Korea. Small, seedless, and mouthwatering, the Jeju tangerine is tons of fun to harvest yourself. After all, what better way to enjoy the scrumptious fruit than fresh off the tree?

Jeju tangerines, autumn in Korea

With its rich volcanic soil (also so conducive for the green tea plantations of the O’Sulloc Tea Museum), and a temperature averaging at 15 degrees Celsius, Jeju provides prime conditions for cultivating the vibrant fruit, and has been doing so for hundreds of years. Historical records show Jeju’s tangerines were valued throughout mainland Korea as long ago as the Goryeo Dynasty (which lasted from 918 to 1392). And in the Joseon Dynasty that followed (until 1897), these special Jeju Island tangerines were considered royal fruits, as they were gifted seasonally to the royal family. In fact, it wasn’t until the period of Japanese colonialism in which the special Jeju tangerine fruit became more readily available for your everyday men and women.

Jeju Tangerine Picking

And good thing for us, because we ain’t no royalty! Even after stuffing our faces silly with the vibrant fruits at the farm, we still thoroughly enjoyed our kilos at home over the next week and even went back to buy more. As English teachers exposed frequently to children’s germs, we especially appreciate the increased citrus intake! The zesty dose of vitamin C is a wonderful medicine to treat those seasonal sniffles.

Jeju Tangerine Farm Picking, Jeju Island, South Korea

A Health Food of South Korea

While we’re quite thankful of that extra boost of Jeju tangerine vitamin C in our diets, the Jeju Island fruit has a long history in the herbal medicines of South Korea.

Jeju Tangerines, South Korea

Naturally full of vitamins and bioactive compounds, the famed tangerine of Jeju Island, South Korea has impacted the country for centuries with its health benefits. Even during the Joseon Dynasty, the Jeju tangerine peels and seeds were sun-dried and integrated into herbal medicines. A medical book during this time goes through lengths to detail the benefits of the Jeju tangerine, from easing the common cough or even treating scurvy.

Jeju Tangerine Tree, South Korea

Even today, South Koreans praise the Jeju tangerine as a Korean health food. With pyridine, metabolism-raising enzymes,  and xanthophylls, the Jeju tangerine provides nutrients helpful in preventing everything from obesity to arteriosclerosis, or even diabetes and cancer.

Ben at Jeju tangerine farm on Jeju Island, South Korea

 

The tangerine fruit of Jeju Island, South Korea is some of the tastiest fruit we’ve had the pleasure of eating. Fragrant and flavorful, these perfect little fruits are like nature’s candy. The tangerines provide the perfect dose of sweetness for those autumn and winter months—and, even better, because the Jeju tangerine is so plentiful this time of year, they’re incredibly cheap across Jeju Island. If you’re lucky enough to visit South Korea’s favorite island during this part of the year, make sure to head to one of the many Jeju tangerine farms so you can enjoy picking them yourself!


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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Danni Lawson
    December 20, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    That’s a pretty stunning deal- 5 won for everything you can eat and a kilo! I had no idea these could be a herbal medicine. You’re right that the vitamins will probably help you along, when I taught I was always catching things from little learners haha.

  • Reply
    Lea Searching
    December 21, 2016 at 8:13 am

    This looks like a very cool thing to do. Eating fruits fresh from a tree is just a thousand times better than getting the packed ones from the supermarket.

  • Reply
    Kristine
    December 22, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Who would’ve thought picking tangerines would be a perfect suggestion as a couples activity in Korea? Looks like a lot of fun and must have tasted delicious. Such a nice cultural experience!

  • Reply
    Marissa
    December 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

    This is totally giving me a craving for tangerines! Though here in the U.S. in the winter, we can’t get tangerines that are nearly as fresh as what you had in Jeju. The history you shared is really interesting – I will have to add Jeju Island to my short list of places to visit in South Korea!

  • Reply
    Kreete
    December 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

    How cool is that video guys! Love it! I have done some orange, apple and grape picking in Australia, but for a living and it sure hell wasn’t as much fun as you guys were having with these tangerines haha! I would love to visit that part of the world some day and how awesome it is that you guys just live 20 minutes from the grove!

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    kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com)
    December 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for this post. I have just left South Korea after spending 3 weeks there. As it was winter, it was getting a bit cold so I have decided to come back in the spring time. I am definitely going to head to Jeju Island.

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    Medhavi Davda
    December 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Tempting pics. I didnt know South Korea had an island with so much or tangerines. I love picking veggies and fruits straight from the farms for myself!

  • Reply
    ZeeGoes
    December 23, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Oh gosh, I could spend a day here. I love tangerines. 1kilo + entry with tangerine buffet #heaven! Love your video too…how many times did you say tangerine? hehehe

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