The traditional Korean fruit wine_Bokbunja wine

The hand made Bokbunja wine

I received a gift of homemade “Bokbunja wine(Bokbunja ju)”.

Bokbunja is the Korean name for black raspberries (Rubus coreanus). And “ju” means alcohol literally. 

Bokbunja wine_Korean Traditional wine
Bokbunja wine

Potential health benefits for men

Bokbunja wine, made from black raspberries (Bokbunja), has gained a reputation in traditional Korean culture for its potential health benefits, particularly for men.

However, it’s important to note that the scientific evidence supporting these claims might not be well-established or widely accepted in Korea.

A lot of  Koreans have believe that Bokbunja wine have properties that support male reproductive health and vitality.

Specifically it’s believed that the antioxidants and nutrients in Bokbunja berries could have positive effects on male fertility and sexual health.

Characteristics of Bokbunja (Korean black raspberry)

Bokbunja, scientifically known as Rubus coreanus, is a type of black raspberry native to Korea and other parts of East Asia.


Bokbunja berries are small and round, similar in size to regular raspberries.

And they are typically dark purple to black in color, with a glossy appearance.


The berries of the Bokbunja plant have a unique flavor that is both sweet and tart.

Nutritional Value

Bokbunja berries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

They contain vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and various phytochemicals that contribute to their potential health benefits.

Medicinal Uses

In traditional Korean medicine, Bokbunja has been used for its potential health benefits.

It is often believed to have properties that promote blood circulation, support cardiovascular health, and provide antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress.

Characteristics of  the Bokbunja wine

This unique alcoholic beverage is known for its distinct fruity flavor and vibrant purple color. The characteristics of this alcohol are below.


Sugar is added to initiate fermentation, during which the natural sugars in the berries are converted into alcohol.

The fermentation period typically takes several weeks to a few months.


Bokbunja alcohol is known for its distinctive tastethat combines the natural sweetnessof black raspberries with the tanginess of fermentation.

As a result,  fruity, and slightly tart flavor are a well-balanced. And the aroma is fragrant and inviting.


The alcohol content of Bokbunja alcohol can vary, but it is generally in the range of 13% to 16% alcohol by volume (ABV).

While traditional Bokbunja alcohol remains popular, there are also modern variations available in the market(popular brand of Bokbunja alcohol: bohae website link) .

Korean popular Bokbunja alcohol brand_Bohae
Korean popular Bokbunja alcohol_market

With Kimchi Jeon

I enjoyed Bokbunja wine I got as a gift with Kimchi Jeon.

Kimchi jeon is a delightful dish that combines the pungent and flavorful taste of kimchi with the crispy texture of the batter.

Koreans have enjoyed Kimchi Jeon as a side dish (banchan) or as a snack with a drink. Especially Kimchi jeon is a side dish that goes well with any alcohol.

Kimchi jeon with Korean Alcohol
Kimchi jeon with Bokbunja wine

I will introduce my recipe of Kimchi Jeon later.

Today, I just wanted to let you know how delicous Bokbunja alcohol with Kimchi Jeon and the traditional belief of the alcohol’s efficacy.

Try Bokbunja wine with Kimchi Jeon

Bokbunja wine holds a special place in Korean culinary and cultural traditions, offering a unique and flavorful drinking experience.

Koreans have enjoyed Bokbunja wine for centuries and consumed on special occasions or as a dessert wine. And Kimchi jeon also is a really delicious snack.

So it’s worth trying if you have the opportunity to explore Korean beverages and cuisine.

Try Bokbunja alcohol with Kimchi Jeon!

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