Social Distance Snack (Korean Style)
Social distancing is one of the most popular topics around the world right now due to the international spread of COVID-19. Although separation is difficult, we must do our best to practice prioritizing our health above all else in this time.
Grocery stores have been one of the essential businesses that must stay open, as they provide all our food and nutrients that gets us through the day. Some stores can be packed depending on where we are shopping, and for some, there may even be slight anxiety attached to the weekly trek.
Foraging culture in South Korea
In western culture, the grocery store seems to be the main location to get food, but in South Korean culture, there are many foods and nutrients for meals found just in the local garden or backyard. Foraging culture in South Korea is alive and well. Unlikely plants can sometimes make for a delicious and nutritious meal, without a trip to the store.
Our favorite springtime snack commonly foraged for in Korea is called “Gosari Namul.”
What is Gosari Namul (Bracken Fern)?
“Gosari Namul,” also known as “bracken-fern,” is a traditional Korean side-dish served commonly with meals in South Korea. It can be put in soups, fried rice, or just eaten with plain rice as well.
Gosari can be found in the hills, mountains, and forested areas. It has many health benefits with high protein content, vitamin B2 and fiber. The best time to pick them for eating is in the spring. Look for the ones with short-thin-stems that seem slightly curled up and have a purple tint to them. These are the best ones for cooking.
Gosari has a deep earthy flavor to it, with a chewy texture that makes it almost like a stringy meat substitute. Due to its hearty flavor and delicious texture it is commonly used in Korean dishes like “ bibimbap” and “yukgaejang.”
How to Prepare Gosari
Enjoy your Gosari with a cup of herbal tea from our pearls here at Qi! Allow your body all the time, space, and nutrients it needs to keep healthy during this time.
Written by Isabella Cammarata