The Korean green plum, also known as Chinese plum, Japanese plum, Japanese apricot, and sour green plums, are a type of fruit grown native to East Asia and Southeast Asia. This plant, known as Prunus mume, is a tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus, making it related to both plum and apricot trees. In this article, we will discuss green plums in Korean culture as well as their uses in Korean cuisine. Then, we will answer some frequently asked questions about this fruit such as when they are in season and where to buy them!
In South Korea, popular fruits from around the globe, such as oranges, strawberries, and bananas, are commonly available. Unfortunately, many native fruits to South Korea are not as easy to find in other countries and continents. Below, I listed some popular types of Korean fruit to look out for. On one hand, you may find these in your local grocery or Asian market. If so, definitely make sure to try them! On the other hand, some of these fruits may only be available if and when you travel to South Korea or other East Asian countries!