Type Hangwa
Place of origin Korea
Main ingredients Fruit, starch, sugar
Cookbook: Gwapyeon  Media: Gwapyeon
Hangul 과편
Revised Romanization gwapyeon
McCune–Reischauer kwap'yŏn

Gwapyeon (literally "fruits cake") is a variety of hangwa or Korean traditional confectionery made by boiling fruits, starch, and sugar, until they reach a jellylike consistency. The fruits for the hangwa are Korean cherry, apricot, Chinese quince, and omija (Schisandra chinensis) which have a soft texture, large amounts of natural pectin and a tart-sweet flavor.[1] Apples, Korean pears and peaches are not used because if they are heated, the colors are not suitable for making gwapyeon. Starch, usually mung bean, functions as a gelling agent to solidify the mixed materials.[2]

It was used for special occasions such as janchi (잔치; feast or banquet).[3]

See also


  1. Food in Korea : Korean Food Top10 Archived May 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "¿£½ÎÀ̹ö ¹é°ú°Ë»ö - °úÆí" (in Korean). 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  3. "엠파스 백과사전". Retrieved 2012-12-21.

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