OUR STORY

FAMILY OWNED | CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

OUR

STORY

 

OUR COMPANY

Maesilhood, LLC is a family-owned farm located in Southern California, growing fresh Maesil and making (we mean cooking, not manufacturing) handcrafted Maesil-based products.  We strive to connect communities through food, one neighborhood at a time.

We brainstormed and played around with innumerable amounts of potential business names, including “U+me,” “Umedrop,” etc. but we landed on “Maesilhood” for a variety of reasons.  Well, a bunch of the names we wanted were taken but more importantly, we wanted the name to include Maesil, which is how my family refers to the fruit, and we combined it with the word “neighborhood.” And that’s how Maesilhood was born. 

FAQ’s

Where is the farm located?

Our farm is located in Phelan, CA. It is surrounded by dirt roads and awesome neighbors!

Is the farm open to the public?

Unfortunately, at this time, the farm is not open to the public but we will absolutely consider that as an option in the future.

Can we find your products in retail stores?

We are officially launching our company as of April, 2020 in the midst of COVID-19.  We had planned to begin working with retailers later in the year but we are modifying our next steps.  At this time, we are proceeding with online orders within the United States, and looking to expand to physical locations at a later time.

PRODUCT INFO

What is Maesil?

Unless you are familiar with the Korean language or culture, you probably haven’t heard of this word before.  Don’t worry though, we are here to share as much as we know about Maesil with you!

Maesil means green Asian apricot in Korean.  It is also commonly known as Ume (in Japanese) or Chin Meizi (in Chinese). This fruit goes back centuries in Asian cultures, and it is widely known for its medicinal benefits.  Maesil comes from the Prunus Mume (tree family) and is available to harvest during May/June each year after a beautiful Spring blossom – have you seen those romantic movie/drama scenes with picturesque Cherry Blossom (we’ve seen tons in k-drama!)? Well, that’s what the Maesil flower (a.k.a. Mae-hwa) blossom looks like!

Maesil is a very sour stone fruit.  Instead of eating the fruit in its original form, it is typically fermented or pickled.

When is the Maesil fruit available?

We typically harvest during the months of May and June.  The harvest dates vary from year to year, and it’s dependent on weather conditions throughout the year.  We want to make sure the fruit is mature when we harvest for the most optimal taste.

What is Maesil Syrup?

Maesil Syrup could be best described as a very versatile syrup.  It is made from fermenting Maesil fruit with sugar, which gives it a very sweet, tart, and tangy flavor. This syrup has a variety of uses, the most common ones are:

  • Making hot/cold teas, or other beverages
  • Including as a key ingredient for cooking various dishes (many of them shared in our Recipe section to provide you with some inspiration)
  • Making marinades
  • Mixing with other ingredients to make delicious dressings
What are the ingredients used to make Maesil Syrup?

There are only two ingredients for the syrup: (1) Maesil, and (2) sugar. 

Additionally, there are a couple of key ingredients, which unfortunately can’t be added as ‘official’ ingredients.  Those are love and dedication.  Every bottle of syrup is made as if we were sharing them with our parents, children, or other loved ones. Rest assured, the bottle you receive will have those same ingredients!

How is Maesil Syrup made?

We could spend a long time describing how the syrup is made, and how you could also do this at home.  Instead, we are including links (below) to a couple of amazing bloggers who share how they make this syrup.  They also have a variety of recipes for you to try!

@seonkyounglongest

@kimchimari

Why does the bottle I received this time have a slightly different color?

Our syrups only include two ingredients, which are Maesil and sugar.  We do not include any additives nor colorants to keep consistency in how the syrup tastes or looks.  Every batch we make has some variations, and they all depend on the type of harvest we had in a particular year, and it also varies from fruit to fruit.  This could be best compared to how two people are never EXACTLY the same, even identical twins are not exactly the same 😊

How do you store the product?

This syrup should be stored in a cool place.  Once you open the bottle, it is recommended you keep it refrigerated.  If you notice some sediments floating in the syrup or sinking to the bottom of the bottle, gently shake it before using.  The sediment is completely normal to see in the syrup, those are Maesil fruit particles that remained.  If you are wondering if it is safe to eat, think about this: Koreans make this side dish called Maesil Jang-ah-jji.  This is a dish prepared with the fermented fruit (yes, the fruit that we used to make the syrup), and that can be eaten as is, or mixed with other ingredients to make it spicy.

How is Maesil Syrup Made?

Korean Plum Extract Recipe & Video

@seonkyounglongest

ORDERING & LOGISTICS

Do you ship internationally?

Unfortunately, at this time, we are only selling within the United States.  We will explore opportunities to expand internationally so we can reach many more neighborhoods.

I'm a retailer interested in carrying your product. Who should I contact?

Welcome! Please drop us an email at info@maesilhood.com with information about your store and the best way to contact you back.

How much is shipping for the syrup?

We have a tiered model for shipping cost.  If you live in the continental US, the shipping cost is as follows:

  • $8 when you purchase 1 bottle (approx. 3 lbs)
  • $12 when you purchase 2 bottles
  • $14 when you purchase 3-6 bottles

For Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska, the shipping cost is $14 if you order anywhere from 1 to 6 bottles.

For larger orders (more than 6 bottles), please contact us so we can help find the best shipping options.

What is your return/refund policy?

If for any reason you experience issues with the product or service, please email us at info@maesilhood.com so we can best assist you.  We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service so please do not hesitate to contact us for any question you may have.

OUR COMPANY

Maesilhood, LLC is a family-owned farm located in Southern California, growing fresh Maesil and making (we mean cooking, not manufacturing) handcrafted Maesil-based products.  We strive to connect communities through food, one neighborhood at a time.

We brainstormed and played around with innumerable amounts of potential business names, including “U+me,” “Umedrop,” etc. but we landed on “Maesilhood” for a variety of reasons.  Well, a bunch of the names we wanted were taken but more importantly, we wanted the name to include Maesil, which is how my family refers to the fruit, and we combined it with the word “neighborhood.” And that’s how Maesilhood was born. 

FAQ’s

Where is the farm located?

Our farm is located in Phelan, CA. It is surrounded by dirt roads and awesome neighbors!

Is the farm open to the public?

Unfortunately, at this time, the farm is not open to the public but we will absolutely consider that as an option in the future.

Can we find your products in retail stores?

We are officially launching our company as of April, 2020 in the midst of COVID-19.  We had planned to begin working with retailers later in the year but we are modifying our next steps.  At this time, we are proceeding with online orders within the United States, and looking to expand to physical locations at a later time.

PRODUCT INFO

What is Maesil?

Unless you are familiar with the Korean language or culture, you probably haven’t heard of this word before.  Don’t worry though, we are here to share as much as we know about Maesil with you!

Maesil means green Asian apricot in Korean.  It is also commonly known as Ume (in Japanese) or Chin Meizi (in Chinese). This fruit goes back centuries in Asian cultures, and it is widely known for its medicinal benefits.  Maesil comes from the Prunus Mume (tree family) and is available to harvest during May/June each year after a beautiful Spring blossom – have you seen those romantic movie/drama scenes with picturesque Cherry Blossom (we’ve seen tons in k-drama!)? Well, that’s what the Maesil flower (a.k.a. Mae-hwa) blossom looks like!

Maesil is a very sour stone fruit.  Instead of eating the fruit in its original form, it is typically fermented or pickled.

When is the Maesil fruit available?

We typically harvest during the months of May and June.  The harvest dates vary from year to year, and it’s dependent on weather conditions throughout the year.  We want to make sure the fruit is mature when we harvest for the most optimal taste.

What is Maesil Syrup?

Maesil Syrup could be best described as a very versatile syrup.  It is made from fermenting Maesil fruit with sugar, which gives it a very sweet, tart, and tangy flavor. This syrup has a variety of uses, the most common ones are:

  • Making hot/cold teas, or other beverages
  • Including as a key ingredient for cooking various dishes (many of them shared in our Recipe section to provide you with some inspiration)
  • Making marinades
  • Mixing with other ingredients to make delicious dressings
What are the ingredients used to make Maesil Syrup?

There are only two ingredients for the syrup: (1) Maesil, and (2) sugar. 

Additionally, there are a couple of key ingredients, which unfortunately can’t be added as ‘official’ ingredients.  Those are love and dedication.  Every bottle of syrup is made as if we were sharing them with our parents, children, or other loved ones. Rest assured, the bottle you receive will have those same ingredients!

How is Maesil Syrup made?

We could spend a long time describing how the syrup is made, and how you could also do this at home.  Instead, we are including links (below) to a couple of amazing bloggers who share how they make this syrup.  They also have a variety of recipes for you to try!

@seonkyounglongest

@kimchimari

Why does the bottle I received this time have a slightly different color?

Our syrups only include two ingredients, which are Maesil and sugar.  We do not include any additives nor colorants to keep consistency in how the syrup tastes or looks.  Every batch we make has some variations, and they all depend on the type of harvest we had in a particular year, and it also varies from fruit to fruit.  This could be best compared to how two people are never EXACTLY the same, even identical twins are not exactly the same 😊

How do you store the product?

This syrup should be stored in a cool place.  Once you open the bottle, it is recommended you keep it refrigerated.  If you notice some sediments floating in the syrup or sinking to the bottom of the bottle, gently shake it before using.  The sediment is completely normal to see in the syrup, those are Maesil fruit particles that remained.  If you are wondering if it is safe to eat, think about this: Koreans make this side dish called Maesil Jang-ah-jji.  This is a dish prepared with the fermented fruit (yes, the fruit that we used to make the syrup), and that can be eaten as is, or mixed with other ingredients to make it spicy.

How is Maesil Syrup Made?

Korean Plum Extract Recipe & Video

@seonkyounglongest

ORDERING INFO

Do you ship internationally?

Unfortunately, at this time, we are only selling within the United States.  We will explore opportunities to expand internationally so we can reach many more neighborhoods.

I'm a retailer interested in carrying your product. Who should I contact?

Welcome! Please drop us an email at info@maesilhood.com with information about your store and the best way to contact you back.

How much is shipping for the syrup?

We have a tiered model for shipping cost.  If you live in the continental US, the shipping cost is as follows:

  • $8 when you purchase 1 bottle (approx. 3 lbs)
  • $12 when you purchase 2 bottles
  • $14 when you purchase 3-6 bottles

For Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska, the shipping cost is $14 if you order anywhere from 1 to 6 bottles.

For larger orders (more than 6 bottles), please contact us so we can help find the best shipping options.

What is your return/refund policy?

If for any reason you experience issues with the product or service, please email us at info@maesilhood.com so we can best assist you.  We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service so please do not hesitate to contact us for any question you may have.

From our orchard to your table

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