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; Rubus coreanus). 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] Some varieties also contain rice and jicho herb.[4]

The wine is deep red in color and moderately sweet. It ranges between 15% and 19% alcohol by volume, depending on the brand.[5] It is believed to be healthful [6] and to promote male sexual stamina.[7] It is often drunk on special occasions.[8]

Since 2008, South Korean scientists have searched for ways to utilize bokbunja seeds, which are a by-product of bokbunja ju production.[9]