Bokbunja ju

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A bottle of bokbunja ju

Bokbunja ju (hangul: 복분자주; hanja: 覆盆子酒; also spelled bokbunjaju, bokbunja-ju, or bokbunjajoo, and also called bokbunja wine) is a Korean fruit wine made from wild and/or cultivated Korean black raspberries called bokbunja (hangul: 복분자; hanja: 覆盆子; cultivated fruit is Rubus occidentalis [2] [3]). It is produced in Gochang County, Jeollabuk-do, in Damyang, Jeollanam-do,[1] and in Jeju Island, South Korea.[2] It is made by fermenting berries with water.[3][4] Some varieties also contain rice and jicho herb.[5]

The wine is deep red in color and moderately sweet. It ranges between 15% and 19% alcohol by volume, depending on the brand.[6] It is believed to be healthful [7] and to promote male sexual stamina.[8]

Since 2008, South Korean scientists have searched for ways to utilize bokbunja seeds, which are a by-product of bokbunja ju production. The carbonized seeds can be used as potential adsorbent for industrial dye removal from wastewaters.[9]


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  2. ^ "Seoul". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Official Site of Korea Tourism Org.: Korean Traditional Liquor". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "All sizes - BokBunJa: Korean black raspberry wine - Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jindo Bokbunja Hongju". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Official Site of Korea Tourism Org.: Korean Traditional Liquor". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fermentation Filtrates of Rubus coreanus Relax the Corpus Cavernosum and Increase Sperm Count and Motility". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Bokbunja Wine Industry Waste as Precursor Material for Carbonization and Its Utilization for the Removal of Procion Red MX-5B from Aqueous Solutions. Arthur Raj Binupriya, Muthuswany Sathishkumar, Sung Hun Jung, Sun Hwa Song and Soon-Il Yun, CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water, November 2008, Volume 36, Issue 10-11, pages 879–886, doi:10.1002/clen.200700202