BUSINESS

Sales of seasonal fresh food soar ahead of Chuseok

By Yonhap
  • Published : Sept 25, 2017 - 10:19
  • Updated : Sept 25, 2017 - 10:19
Sales of agricultural and fisheries products currently in season increased ahead of the 10-day Chuseok holiday, which is set to kick off this weekend, industry data showed Monday.

As South Koreans began preparing for the holiday, the sales of blue crab from Aug. 18 to Sept. 17 skyrocketed 1,103 percent on-year, according to the data compiled by Gmarket, a major online shopping mall here. It declined to provide details on the actual sales amount.
 
Customers shop at the fresh foods section of a giant supermarket in Seoul on Sept. 20, 2017. Prices of farm products have jumped during the month, up 18.8 percent from increased demand ahead of the Chuseok (harvest moon) holiday in the first week of October. (Yonhap)

Sales of gizzard shad and persimmons also surged 310 percent and 869 percent, respectively, the data showed.

Chuseok is South Korea's autumn harvest celebration, equivalent to Thanksgiving in the United States.

Along with Seol, or Lunar New Year's Day, it is one of the country's important traditional holidays during which time many South Koreans head back to their hometowns to pay respects to ancestors and to spend time with family and friends. Chuseok falls on Oct. 4 this year. (Yonhap)