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 Homemade maesil cheong, K-food's secret ingredient

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 A typical, fully-equipped Korean kitchen has maesil cheong, a honey-like syrup.

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 This syrup prepared from fermented maesil, Korean green plums, sweetens Korean cuisine and treats indigestion at home.

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 Kwon Sun-ja prepares for her annual green plum syrup manufacturing in June, when maesil is at its best.

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 The 72-year-old from Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, recently bought 40 kilograms of newly harvested green plums to avoid running out and give her children some extra bottles.

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 She stated that glass jars and plastic water bottles are ready.

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 She said she enjoyed drinking the homemade syrup with water and ice on dog days of summer as a substitute for “unhealthy” sugar or other sweeteners.

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  changes green to yellow when ripe. It is usually fermented or cooked before eating. 

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 Smoked plums are used as medicine in South Korea and East Asia. 

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