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  Peaches and Grapes
  
  There is an old proverb that goes: “A peach or a grape must be tasted to know if it is sweet or not”. The proverb’s origin likely dates back to ancient China, and while tastes do differ, we can still acknowledge the importance of the two fruits in Korean cuisine.
  
  Peaches and grapes have been a cherished delicacy of Korean people for centuries. Not only are they considered as one of the healthiest fruits, but also because of their important position in the ancient Korean culture. The peach and the grape represents the harmony of yin and yang, the east and the west, and have been treasured for their special symbolic meanings. In fact, the peach tree was a much-appreciated symbol of longevity and good luck in ancient times and is often featured in many traditional stories and paintings.
  
  The peach originates from China and is a symbol of joy and happiness in Korea. Peaches are often a sign of a long and healthy life, and together with grapes, it’s frequently featured in offerings to the gods. The peach was also used to decorate palaces and royal temples in ancient Korea, as a symbol of health and luck.
  
  Koreans are also often fond of using different varieties of grapes. Wine and other grape-based beverages were very popular in the old days, but because of the high cost, their use was mainly limited to the upper classes. Nevertheless, grapes were still frequently used in traditional dishes and desserts. Grapes are known for their taste, and the skins and flesh create different flavors depending on the variety, ranging from sweet to tart.
  
  Koreans have specific terms to refer to the varieties of grapes, such as “sinmoo” for the red seedless varieties or “hyesom” for the white seedless ones. Grapes are often boiled and sweetened with sugar and honey, served in a dish called “jeon-shing-so” or “shing-so-jeon”. It is a long-standing traditional still enjoyed today.
  
  Another popular way to enjoy the fruits is to use them to make wines and liquors. Grapes are used to produce wine or “makgeolli”, a type of alcoholic beverage made from fermented grains such as rice and wheat. Finally, fried peaches and grapes are also a favorite treats of many.
  
  In conclusion, peaches and grapes have historically been considered a sign of joy and prosperity in Korea, as well as a way to celebrate special occasions. Even today, the fruits remain to be an integral part of Korean culture, used for traditional dishes, beverages, desserts and anything in between. The special flavors and natural sweetness of peaches and grapes have definitely made them some of the most beloved fruits in the country.