|Alternative names||Plum syrup|
|Place of origin||Korea|
|Associated national cuisine||Korean cuisine|
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Maesil-cheong (매실청; 梅實淸), also called plum syrup, is an anti-microbial syrup made by sugaring ripe plums (Prunus mume). In Korean cuisine, maesil-cheong is used as a condiment and sugar substitute. The tea made by mixing water with maesil-cheong is called maesil-cha (plum tea).
It can be made by simply mixing plums and sugar together, and then leaving them for about 100 days. To make syrup, the ratio of sugar to plum should be at least 1:1 to prevent fermentation, by which the liquid may turn into wine. The plums can be removed after 100 days, and the syrup can be consumed right away, or mature for a year or more.
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