By Korean Tourism Organization
Kimchi is the most famous traditional food and icon that well-represents Korea itself, as it accompanies almost every meal served in the country. The name of the dish also differs depending on the main ingredient used, where cabbage, radish or cucumber most often play the main role. In addition, there are many variations in recipes and forms, offering the fun of tasting different textures and flavors from all across the nation. In addition, kimchi is gaining more attention nowadays worldwide due to its enormous nutritional value, becoming an international wellbeing food not just limited to Korea.
Origin of Kimchi
For as long as humans have been harvesting crops, they have enjoyed the nutritional elements of vegetables. In order to preserve the vegetables to enjoy during the cold winter months when cultivation was practically impossible, people soon developed a storage method known as pickling in which vegetables were fermented. Rich in vitamins and minerals, kimchi was introduced in Korea around the 7th century.
It is presumed that beginning from the 12th century, several spices and seasonings began to gain popularity The exact date when hot pepper powder was first added remains unknown, but was finally used as one of the major ingredients for making kimchi in the 18th century. In fact, the very same kimchi we know today has retained the same qualities and cooking preparations that prevailed ever since it was first introduced.
Nutritional Value of Kimchi
Eating kimchi is highly recommended because of its nutritional values! Thanks to the fermentation process, kimchi is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. It also contains lactic acid bacteria, a bacterium that not only helps with digestion and combats harmful bacteria, but also helps prevent the growth of cancer. It was also featured in “Health,” a famous health magazine, as one of the top five healthiest foods in the world.
Types of Kimchi
Since kimchi is so nutritious in many ways, and consumed throughout the entire year, it is often referred to as a staple food. This explains why you can find kimchi in all households throughout Korea. Regions, temperatures and other environmental conditions have led to the creation of more than 100 different types of kimchi. Read on to learn more about this fascinating dish.
Now that you know more about Korea’s most popular food, prepare to indulge in this deliciousness in the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games.
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