Thursday, April 3, 2014

盆唐之梅花/Plum Blossom in Bundang,3/4/2014

盆唐之梅花/Plum Blossom in Bundang,3/4/2014

The plant is known by a number of different names in English, including Chinese plum and Japanese apricot. An alternative name is ume, from Japanese, or mume, from the scientific name. Another alternative name is mei, from the Chinese name.

在西方,常把梅、李和杏混淆,常以「plum」一词翻譯梅,但此字實為李,其正式名稱多稱作「Japanese apricot」或「ume」,ume是梅在日语中的发音,据傳这是因为梅是从日本介绍到西方的。

The flower is known as the meihua (梅花) in Chinese, which came to be translated as "plum blossom"[14] or sometimes as "flowering plum".
(source : wikipedia)

                  This morning, on the way to the market, I was fascinated by this tree....

Prunus mume is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus subgenus Prunus. Its common names include Chinese plum and Japanese apricot. The flower is usually called plum blossom. This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees. Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it is more closely related to the apricot. The fruit of the tree is used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean cooking in juices, as a flavouring for alcohol, as a pickle and in sauces. It is also used in traditional medicine.(source :wikipedia)

                          Plum liquor, also known as plum wine, is popular in Korea.

The juice produced in Korea, made from green plums, tastes sweet and tangy, and is considered a refreshing drink, also often enjoyed in the summer. In Korea, maesil juice, which is marketed as a healthful tonic, is enjoying increasing popularity. It is commercially available in glass jars in sweetened, concentrated syrup form; it is reconstituted by stirring a small amount of syrup into a glass of water. The syrup may also be prepared at home by storing one part fresh plums in a container with one part sugar with no water.

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