Kimchi prices soar after summer typhoons ruin cabbage crops

Several typhoons swept through South Korea this summer, causing vast damage to the country’s cabbage fields. Cabbage is in high demand there, particularly as the base ingredient in the fragrant Korean staple, kimchi. Due to the extreme weather, kimchi prices have climbed by 60 percent, Bloomberg reports. “Cabbage prices are going nuts,” said one mother of two who loads up on cabbage each fall to make her own kimchi. “I had to rub my eyes to see the price tag again because it didn’t make any sense.”

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