The Schisandra Chinensis, commonly known as the Schisandra vine, magnolia vine, or Chinese magnolia vine, is a variety of plant native to the forests of Northern China, the Russian Far East, and the Korean Peninsula. The berries are commonly known as the schisandra berry, five-flavor fruit, five-flavor berry, magnolia berry, and more. In South Korea, people refer to this fruit solely as ‘omija’ (오미자). Literally, this means ‘five flavors.’
In South Korea, people refer to dried persimmon as ‘gotgam’ (곶감). In Korean cuisine, people either consume these dried persimmons as a snack or use them as an ingredient in other foods. Learn about this ingredient!