SEOUL, July 18 (Korea Bizwire) – The Anshim Village in Hamyang County, South Gyeongsang Province, will hold a “bitter melon” festival for three days between August 9 and 11. Bitter melon, alternatively called bitter gourd or bitter squash, is widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit, which is among the most bitter of all fruits. The plant contains several biologically active compounds known to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.
The village will host a variety of booths and merchants for the festival, including bitter melon cooking demonstrations, bitter melon rice cake making, soap making, and woodcraft and traditional fan making. Hamyang County is famous for beautiful scenery in surrounding areas such as Yongchu Temple, the Nongwoljeong Valley, and Sangrim Forest.
An official at Cheongryong Foods, the Hamyang County farm cooperative responsible for the event, said, “Bitter melon, a tropical and subtropical plant, grows from July to October. This is also the perfect time to visit Hamyang for all family members to enjoy. We will do our best to prepare to welcome our guests by preparing fresh food and event.” For more information, call Cheongryong Foods at 055-964-2152 or its website (www.hamyangfood.kr).