Korean Red Pepper Flakes/Powder

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    Hi there!

    I was just curious if anyone knows the exact peppers used for making Korean red pepper flakes/powder?

    I would like to buy some seeds and be able to make my own, rather than have to resort to being dependent on a store bought package of pepper flakes/powder.

    I’d like to make my own, because it’s more economical and more sustainable.

    So.. If you know what the peppers are called, please let me know!

    I’d prefer if you didn’t make a wild guess or give me substitutes. I don’t want a substitute. lol

    Alrighty, thank you! :)



    First hit on google, seriously:


    ” Matured red fruits are excellent for making dry peppers.”

    Although I would have absolutely no idea how to make red pepper powder (probably dry them in the sun if you live in a tropical climate, then grind in a blender?). I suppose this one would be a safe bet. Not too expensive either. So no, not a ‘wild guess’ here!



    Sirdanilot.. I have purchased seeds from Evergreen Seeds, as well as Kitazawa Seed Company, and etc for years. I’ve also traded seeds with people all over the world. Those peppers, are NOT the ones used for making kimchi. I know how to use Google, and if it were that simple, I would not have even asked this question here.

    This pepper that you linked to is also a HYBRID.. Which means that I can’t save seeds from it. Hybrids are two kinds of peppers cross bred, and if you saved the seeds & used them for the next year, they would *NOT* grow true to the originals.

    What I am looking for are heirloom peppers that Korean grandmother’s make their own red pepper flakes and powder from. A pepper seed that has been grown and passed down for generations. Something that is NOT a hybrid and NOT genetically modified. You *CAN* find these if you go to Korea & are at pepper festivals or you buy kimchi from old women or something. There’s several types of peppers that are used to make the powder & flakes. I want some of those.

    In other words, I’m fully aware of that pepper. I have purchased that pepper. I have grown that pepper. It is *NOT* the kind I’m looking for. It’s NOTHING like what I’m looking for.

    While I do appreciate your effort in searching, your answer did not help me at all, and I really don’t appreciate you acting like I don’t know how to use Google. I’m not an imbecile. Again, had it been that simple of a solution, I’d never have bothered asking in the first place.




    It sounds like you are a gochu baksa! : ) I’m impressed!

    Gochu: chili peppers

    Baksa: PhD

    sirdanilot wanted to help you. “.. your answer did not help me at all, and I really don’t appreciate you acting like I don’t know how to use Google.”

    Even though it didn’t help you, I still think you should appreciate his or her time and effort to answer and the link. sirdanilot is one of my precious readers and so are you.

    I researched some websites and Korean websites for you this morning and found these.


    I hope the seeds are the chili peppers you are looking for.

    And this is from a Korean blog


    It’s a very familiar scene for me because my grandmother used to harvest her gochu and dry them like that. I hope the photos on that blog give you an idea of what kind of chii pepper seeds you have to get.

    All of the websites say commonly gochu used in Korea is Capsicum annuum L. http://www.calantilles.com/capsicum_peppers.html

    I’m very excited about planting your own Korean chili peppers in your garden. Update us please, with what you find! It will be a big help for those in the same boat.

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