Harvest

HarvestWe saw plenty of evidence of crops being harvested at the weekend. Agriculture looks to be pretty labour-intensive and small scale – fields are small, surrounded by walls made of black volcanic rock. It’s often women doing the work – crouched down, large hats protecting them from the sun – reinforcing the myth (if that’s what it is) that Jeju men are lazy and the women do the work.

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Some crops, like cabbages, are familiar and some less so. That’s kohlrabi (what a great name!) in the photo below; I knew the name but don’t remember having seen it growing before. Sweet potatoes (which is what the truck’s carrying) are common enough, as are normal potatoes. We also passed a field of big radish like Japanese daikon.

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