Gardenia fruits

Chija 치자

The gardenia, called chija in Korean, is a plant with beautiful, aromatic white flowers that bears fruit in October. The fruits are a little bitter but have a deep orange color and have been used in Korea as cloth dye and food coloring for a long long time.

You can buy them at Korean markets or on in small bags or in bulk.

gardenia fruit (chija:치자)

As a herbal remedy they are good for fevers, and Koreans often make tea with them. They are also good for arthritis. My grandma used to mix them with flour to create a dough that she would apply to her joints to relieve her arthritis.

gardenia fruit (chija:치자)

Recipes that use gardenia fruits (chija):


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