Yuzu is a small, yellow-green citrus fruit that’s cultivated mainly in Japan. The intensely citrussy flavour of yuzu is often likened to a wild mandarin crossed with a lemon. It also has floral, lime blossom aromas that make the yuzu fruit utterly unique.
Yuzu juice is becoming a popular ingredient in the West, and it’s much easier to find than the fresh yuzu fruit. Add a dash of pure yuzu juice to cocktails instead of lemon or lime juice for an instant Japanese twist.
Yuzu tea is praised in Japan, China and Korea as a soothing cold & flu remedy. Stir a spoonful of yuzu jam into a mug of hot water to make the tea, and add a sprig of fresh rosemary if you like a more herbal flavour.
You can also use yuzu juice to make an easy Japanese yuzu salad dressing. Whisk together 120ml grapeseed oil (or other clean-tasting vegetable oil), 3 tbsp pure yuzu juice, 3 tbsp soy sauce and 1 minced garlic clove. Use this yuzu dressing on spinach, mushrooms, seaweed salads, or even white cabbage and carrot as an alternative to coleslaw.
Learn more about yuzu and how to use it with our online yuzu recipes:
Yuzu Sorbet – an aromatic palate cleanser with sharp citrus notes
Yuzu Kosho BBQ Lamb Skewers – refreshing yuzu, hot green chilli & succulent lamb add a fragrant twist to summer barbecues
Yuzu & Matcha Macarons – two of our favourite Japanese ingredients in sweet harmony