Persimmon vinegar
Alternative namesGam-sikcho
Place of originKorea
Associated cuisineKorean cuisine
Main ingredientsPersimmon
Korean name
Revised Romanizationgam-sikcho

Persimmon vinegar is a vinegar made from Oriental persimmon. Called gam-sikcho (감식초) in Korean, it is a traditional condiment, food ingredient, and beverage base in Korean cuisine.[1][2][3][4]

Persimmon vinegar is reported to help reduce liver cholesterol and prevent metabolic disorders induced by chronic alcohol intake.[5][6]

Persimmon vinegar made with 'meoksi' persimmons, a native Korean variety with small, very sweet fruits with high tannin content, was included in the Ark of Taste catalogue of heritage foods in 2014.[7]


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