YUZU

Yuzu is a citrus fruit that has been grown for more than a thousand years in China and Japan. It is used as an infusion and dressing in sauces and other food preparations.

Characteristics

Its appearance is like that of an orange, its skin colour is green or yellow depending on its degree of ripeness and its flavour is a mixture of orange, grapefruit and lime.

It is a fruit that is generally used in cooking and not for direct consumption.

Its skin gives off an excellent fragrance, which is why it is very useful for aromatising.

Benefits and properties

  • It helps improve our immune system, due to its high antioxidant and vitamin content.
  • It contains twice as much vitamin C as a lemon. It therefore improves skin considerably, smoothing wrinkles due to the production of collagen and elastin.
  • It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, due to its high flavonoid and essential oil content.
  • It protects brain health.
  • It prevents blood clotting.

Storage

It is recommended to store it in the fridge.

Preparation

Yuzu is used in the kitchen for its juice or for its rind, regardless of whether it has ripened or not. While still green you can zest it to garnish salads, cocktails, sashimi, vinaigrettes and sauces.

When the yuzu is ripe and has a yellowish color, it is used to accompany meats, fish and tofu. Its juice is used to make sauces. We can also prepare stews, jams and infusions.