The history of kimchi was drastically altered by this crimson vegetable. Suffices to say, Koreans are hot for them.The time has come to harvest this year's crop and the sun-dry method preserves them the best...apparently. The sidewalks and parking lots of our apartment complex have been littered with the peppers the past couple of days. The mats help absorb and reflect the sun to ensure faster drying.
Space is a valuable commodity in Korea and people will dry their peppers almost anywhere. I guess I am surprised they tolerate this monopoly of common areas even if only for a day or two. I am surprised they are trusting enough to leave the peppers in public, open to thievery or vandalism. Although...who'd want to steal peppers? So, how do you spice up your life?