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Hangul 한우
Hanja 韓牛
Revised Romanization han-u
McCune–Reischauer han'u

Han-u (한우 in Korean, also Hanu, Hanwoo, or Korean native cattle) refers to a breed of cattle raised in Korea, Bos taurus coreanae, which may be a hybrid derived from the cross-breeding of ("Bos taurus") and ("Bos indicus").[1] Its maternal lineage is taurus (European-type) cattle.[2]

Highly marbled Hanwu beef

Its meat is a favorite in South Korea. Despite its high price, many Koreans prefer Han-u to cheaper imported beef as the former is regarded as fresher and of better quality. One scientific paper noted that "Hanwoo is regarded as a premium beef because of its high palatibility and desired chewiness".[3] Since Koreans consider Hanu a cultural icon and one of the top-quality beefs of the world, it is used in traditional foods, popular holiday dishes, or as a special-day gift.[1] The county of Hoengseong is best known for its Hanu cattle, where the environment is perfect for cattle farming. The county began a strategic marketing campaign in 1995 to brand itself as the origin of the highest quality beef in Korea.[4]

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  1. ^ a b A Comparison of the Meat Qualities from the Hanwoo (Korean Native Cattle) and Holstein Steer, Sun Jin Hur, Gu Boo Park and Seon Tea Joo, Food and Bioprocess Technology, Springer New York, ISSN 1935-5130, Issue Volume 1, Number 2 / June, 2008, pp 196-200
  2. ^ Identification of genetic polymorphisms in bovine mtDNA, EunHee Kim, Hyun Sub Cheong, Joon Seol Bae, Ji-Yong Chun, Tae Joon Park, KyoungKap Lee, YoungMin Yun and Hyoung Doo Shin, Journal of Animal Science, April 23, 2010
  3. ^ Early postmortem processing conditions on meat quality of Hanwoo (Korean Native Cattle) beef during storage., B.C. Kim, M.S. Rhee, Y.C. Ryu, J.Y. Imm, and K.C. Koh, Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., Vol. 14(7), 2001, pp 1763-1768.
  4. ^ http://www.hansik.org/zh/restaurant/recommendRestaurantView.do?fboardId=1063