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Spring is here!
Traditionally, Koreans make Hwajeon in spring.
Hwajeon is a small rice cake(tteok) adorned with edible flower petals including azalea and chrysanthemums.
The origins of these delicacies go all the way back to the Koryo Dynasty.
Hwajeon was commonly eaten at a traditional custom called hwajeonnori meaning flower rice-cake play.
In lunar calendar, March 3rd marks the start of spring and is called Samjitnal.
Every March in the lunar calendar, azaleas blooming, women and children went out to pluck azaleas
or other edible flowers. They also carried all ingredients and a frying pan to make it outside.
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