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A Kimchi Disaster Is Brewing After Cabbage Fields Crippled

Customers check cabbages at a Hanaro Mart supermarket in Seoul on May 14.
Customers check cabbages at a Hanaro Mart supermarket in Seoul on May 14.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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A series of typhoons in South Korea this summer has left the country blindsided by a kimchi catastrophe.

Fields of cabbages -- which are usually seasoned with spices this time of year and left to ferment for months to make South Korea’s favorite pungent dish -- were wiped out across the country due to the extreme weather, causing prices to surge more than 60%.