Yuzu (柚子), a small yellow or green citrus fruit, has become popular in the United States for the past decade as a lot of chefs started to use it.
What is Yuzu?
Yuzu is a small yellow or green citrus fruit originally from China, but it’s mostly used in Japanese and Korean cuisine for centuries. Yuzu’s flavor is tart but has an amazing aroma; therefore, it is rarely eaten as a fruit and aromatic zest and juice are only used just like how we use lemon.
Yuzu has big seeds inside, so it contains less juice compared to lemon or lime.
Where to Find Yuzu
You can purchase yuzu during the winter months at Japanese grocery stores and local farmer’s markets.
Different types of Yuzu Products
1. Yuzu Extract or Yuzu Juice
We can drizzle yuzu extract on grilled fish or meat, just like how you use lemon in your cooking.
2. Freeze-Dried Yuzu Zest
Yuzu zests are often used for your soup to give a nice aroma and flavor.
3. Yuzu Kosho
4. Yuzu Tea with Honey (Yuja Cha, Citron Tea)
I use yuzu tea to drink when I have a cold or make Yuzu Ice Cream!