5 Things You Should Know About Bokbunja

1.) The Fruit

Bokbunja is a type of wild black raspberry that is native to Korea. It produces edible berries (not true berries in the botanical sense) that are fermented into Bokbunja. In Asia, it is used for making traditional herbal medicine and health supplements to enhance stamina for men and cure diseases in women. The fruit contains four times as many anthocyanins in grapes. 


2.) The Tale

Bokbunja is often described in an oriental legend as mysterious fruit containing the spirits of the wild. The name Bokbunja comes from an old Korean legend:

Once upon a time, there was a hunter who was lost in the jungle. While he was looking for his way out, he felt hungry and found some wild black raspberries to eat. After finding his way back home he relieved himself. He was so 'energetic' that when his urine hit the chamber pot, it turned over due to the strong force.

The meaning of Bokbunja is:

Bun, meaning 'chamber pot'

Ja, meaning 'man'

Altogether Bokbunja roughly translates to 'man turning over the chamber pot'.


3.) Taste & Aroma

The characteristics of Bokbunja is sweet, sour, slightly warm and alkaline. The color of the wine itself is crimson red. It has a sweet aroma, coming from the black raspberries flavors.

4.) Medical Benefits

And I’m sure you’ve heard or read about the health benefits of wine. This Korean wine is not an exception:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • It promotes healthy skin
  • It is high in vitamins C & E and Anthocyanins
  • It relieves frequent urination
  • It contains anti-inflammatory and sterilizing effects
  • It prevents thrombus or blood clot and hardening of arteries
  • It revitalizes kidney and liver
  • Has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties

5.) Food Pairing

Bokbunja goes well with the following:

  • Chocolate cheesecake
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Raspberry sorbet
  • Clams
  • Oysters
  • Broiled eel
  • Sashimi
  • Vietnamese food
  • Thai food