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Exploring Daegu: Chestnut Picking

Elizabeth Murphy

Chestnut Picking IN South Korea

I work my online job from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. That leaves me with a large chunk of time to check out all the festivals and cultural sites I want. I’m not going to lie, the first few weeks in Korea I was in the honeymoon stage. I was in the honeymoon stage with my marriage, with being back in Korea, with being on a vacation for the first time in a long time,  and with being able to indulge in being idle. So I did nothing but luxuriate in all of those moments.  But lately I’ve been in the mood to get out explore so expect more blogs and youtube videos on all of the festivals I’m attending.

 

With this said, I visited Guam Farm with a woman I met at the salsa studio I attend. She has been interested in farming lately and I love fresh fruits and veggies. I did some research and found a website that detailed farmstays in Korea. She looked over the information I found and we decided it would be cool check it out together.

 

We arrived at the farm around 11 a.m. It was about a 20 minute drive, much closer than we expected it to be by looking at the map. Once we pulled in, the place seemed to be broken up into different sections. While I did see a bus stop right outside the farm, a car was useful to arrive at the exact location where the chestnuts would be. I think I would have had some trouble if I was alone, trying to walk my way up in there. My friend had to call a number and the person on the line directed us which way to go.

 

Once we got to the chestnut part, we were given a little mesh bag and shown a little pathway to walk up to find the chestnuts. It only cost about 5 dollars to pick the chestnuts, but the bag was much smaller than I thought it would be.  We walked up the narrow path and came to a section where some goats were caged. We went near it to look around and take pictures. There were some chestnuts nearby and we picked a few. I stopped after a while because I felt weird gathering the chestnuts that were there near the animals.

Picking Chestnuts IN South Kora

After spending some time there, we walked up the hill a bit more and approached chestnut trees that had chestnuts swept  in a semi-neat pile  underneath the shade of the branches. The chestnuts in this area seemed a bit fresher. So we emptied our bags and filled them with new chestnuts. Picking chestnuts was interesting because I didn’t know how chestnuts were grown. I knew they grew on trees, but didn’t know they grew in a spikey, prickly shell. The tongs we were given helped to open the up the shells and wiggle out the nuts. At first I thought these long, metal tongs were unnecessary, but it kept us from getting stuck. Sometimes, though, if we stepped the wrong way, the spikes could be felt through our sneakers.

 

With the chestnuts I gathered I ended up making a chestnut banana bread, which came out pretty great.

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