Korean cooking forum topics:
I grow every ingredient I use to make kimchi every year (except anchovies and ginger, though this year working on ginger cultivation), EXCEPT I can’t find a source of high quality, certified organic red pepper flakes (NOT made in China), nor the seed to grow the mild Korean pepper.
I am looking for pepper seed source too. I would also be interested in the technique for drying. I have a source for Korean dried pepper and it is so much better than the chinese. BTW I grow garlic for resturants, and garlic grown here is much better than the chinese garlic that is in 70% of the grocery stores. Check out Filaree Farms for a source of garlic to plant.
Paul, did you find a source for your pepper flakes? I’ve been hunting myself for a couple months.
The problem with peppers is that there is just many of them. And a lot of the have the same scientific name, though look nothing alike.
A very popular Korean pepper, eaten young and green or red when mature, used in kimchi and dried to make pepper flakes:
When I was in Korea last year I learned to eat fresh hot peppers with every meal. It got to the point if fresh peppers were not served the meal did not seem complete.
Just a quick note about “organic” … The word ‘organic’ in relation to fresh vegetables and seeds means two things; (1) not a genetically modified organism (GMO), and (2) produced using sustainable methods, e.g. do not use chemical fertilizers, insecticides, or fungicides that are harmful to the environment.
With regard to seeds, not GMO is very important, how the seeds got here less so. They use of non-organic methods (fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides) is not significance to the seeds … which you are not going to consume but instead grow into something else. I think your organic methodology of growing the seeds is more important than the methodology that produced the seed in the first place.
While I am not completely sold on the needs for organic vegetables, I do avoid GMO’s like they are the black death. Just this month there was an article in the news about birth defects in Hawaii and a possible link to GMO corn consumed by pregnant women there. Currently, the link is not established, just highly suspected and being investigated as the possible cause of the birth defects.
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