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A Piece of China's Tangible Cultural Heritage:
Sichuan Pickles & Pickle Jar

16 June 2010
 

After taking China’s Dragon Boat Festival to UN and getting it listed as their own intangible cultural heritage, South Koreans now turn on China's tangible cultural heritage, and present Sichuan Pickle Jar (四川泡菜坛) in the World Cup as part of their traditional pickle culture.

 

Classic Sichuan Pickles

 

Unique Sichuan Tickle Jar

According to Mr Tu, an Agricultural Inspector from Sichuan Province, the vegetable pickles of Sichuan taste distinctively different from the pickles anywhere else in the world, which is extremely spicy and crisp. The special quality of the Sichuan pickles is largely attributed to the unique pickle jar that the people of Sichuan invented thousands years ago. The well-concealed jar effectively insulates the content in the container from the air that helps produce lactic acid bacteria to transform sugar into lactic acid during fermentation process.

The conventional South Korean pickles, on the other hand, are processed in pans or pots and covered by heavy stones, thus exposed to air.

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