Pumpkin Treats of Korea to Satisfy Your Needs

By Ashton Carson

When you hear the word "pumpkin," you probably think of autumn and Halloween. For those who love that time of year, you can enjoy these pumpkin treats anytime to get yourself into the spooky spirit!

  • Pie

There’s nothing like a good slice of pumpkin pie to put you in an autumn mood! Cafe I Do, Peace Piece, or IWALU are a good place to satisfy your craving!

  • Bread

Bread is a delicious and popular treat! Pumpkin bread is typically filled, such as with red bean paste! Which is simple and compliments well with a hot beverage! Yongsan district, Second Shop (차성민 과자점), and Yangin are a few bakeries to go for a taste test!

The bread could be filled with pumpkin jam to be a little more sweet, or even filled with a mixture of pumpkin and red bean paste! The flavour may taste bitter to those who are expecting sweet, but the cuteness of its pumpkin appearance makes up for it!

How about made with pumpkin pieces and seeds? Perfect warmed with a spread, such as butter! For anyone planning on visiting Seoul in autumn, Ugly Bakery is a good contender for delicious pumpkin bread like this!

  • Rice Cake

This is made with fresh or dried pumpkin, mixed with rice flour and then steamed in a siru (rice cake steamer). They are either served has long strips or as mochi, filled with pumpkin or red bean paste. Appenz Coffee, located in Seoul, is the place to look for these mochi pumpkin rice cakes!

  • Porridge

Hobakjuk is pumpkin porridge, which is velvety and creamy, made from pumpkin and sweet rice. It's a nice light and warm dish for days you need comfort. You can buy ready-to-make bowls or pouches of pumpkin porridge from convenience stores, making it easy to have that warm feeling in your stomach!

  • Yeot

Yeot is traditional Korean confectionary that can be syrup, taffy or candy. The ingredients are steamed, fermented and then boiled. You can find carts selling hobak yeot during Gangneung Danoje, which is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the lunar calendar, and lasts for forty-five days! Danoje means the highest day and God’s Day, and it is one of the most important cultural festivals in Korea!

  • Chocolate

Chocolate pieces with a pumpkin filling, these are limited edition and only available during autumn! A popular place to get them as well as other pumpkin treats is from Ulleungdo.

  • Jam

Jam is good to use while baking or on its own with some toast! Roasted or sweet pumpkins are used to make jam since they have less water than carving pumpkins. It is easy to make yourself, or you can buy handmade jam from Cafe And You in Seoul.

  • Drinks

Pumpkin juice is very good for boosting your immunity and is popular for that reason! It’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fibre! It’s high in antioxidants, which can reduce risks of chronic disease and cancer. All of these nutrients also promote healthy skin, so its worth a try!

Pumpkin milk is good when you need energy to get you through your day! It can be made with almond or coconut milk and mixed with maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, turmeric, and ginger!

Pumpkin will give you health benefits, and a new flavour to your water! Vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin found in pumpkin can help protect your eyesight, and other nutrients found in pumpkins can help with weight loss. Stay hydrated and healthy!

  • Tea

Tea lovers will feel like it’s autumn from the aroma of pumpkin tea. Cinnamon can help control blood sugar, nutmeg has small amounts of fibre, vitamin B, and minerals; and ginger can help with minor digestive problems. These three spices are typically found in pumpkin tea, adding to the benefits of drinking it.

Pumpkin is a tasty treat and good for you! You can enjoy this year-round or wait for autumn when pumpkin flavor and limited items pop up everywhere!

Written by Ashton Carson

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