What types of cherry blossoms are edible?
Edible flowers are often the deep-pink-colored, multi-petaled Yae-zakura blossoms. The best leaves for preservation, meanwhile, come from the fragrant Oshima-zakura variety. While many hanami favorites feature sakura, you see cherry blossoms incorporated in Japanese dishes throughout the rest of the year as well.
Are cherry blossom trees from Korea?
The Korean cherry tree, known as the king cherry, originates from Jeju Island, where the blossoming starts in late March. It is a rare plant, however, and the Yoshino variety, which is native to Japan, is more common.
Why is Korea so cold?
Winter. The winter in Seoul is controlled by the large Siberian high pressure system (the Asiatic high), which results in predominantly cold, dry north-westerly winds. The influence of the Siberian high leads to significantly colder winter temperatures than would be expected at this latitude.