Yuzu Fruits

Yuzu is a citrus fruit from Japan that is currently causing a stir in the culinary world.

Yuzu Fruits
Yuzu Fruits

Yuzu is a citrus fruit from Japan that is currently causing a stir in the culinary world. The Daily Mail dubbed it the "world's next superfruit" in 2013, predicting that it would one day overtake oranges in popularity. While the prophecy has yet to come true, it is gaining acceptance in Western countries.

Yuzu is prized for its fragrant rind, and because its juice is insignificant and it is rarely grown outside of Japan, it may be rather costly. It's about the size of a tennis ball and tastes like a combination of lemon, mandarin, and grapefruit. Yuzu is a key ingredient in Japanese ponzu sauce and yuzu-kosho, a fiery, chili-salt-laden paste, but its applications are expanding as its popularity grows. We enjoy it in cocktails at Kobe Jones, like our Tokyo Slipper, which is made with Midori, Yuzushu infused sake, and pineapple juice mixed and strained over yuzu sorbet.

Yuzu is more commonly employed in cooking as a souring ingredient, rather than being consumed on its own. Its zest is used to flavour cooked vegetables, hot pots, custards, and seafood, and it's also sometimes added to miso and vinegar, as well as various Japanese teas, to help them infuse. Green yuzu juice is used to make ponzu, a strong dipping sauce made with soy sauce and other components, while the flesh is used to make handmade pickles.

Yuzu Fruits
Yuzu Fruits

Yuzu has a strong flavour, and depending on how you use it, you may only need a small amount to deliver a punch. A little goes a long way in cocktails, and adding just a drop to a cocktail is typically plenty. Yuzu is more like a bitter than a fruit juice.

When it comes to oysters, a single drop is all it takes to transform a regular oyster into a citrus delight. Little is required in marinades, mayonnaise, or brunoise, but you may increase the amount to two or three drops depending on the quantity and personal taste.

Yuzu has a plethora of uses in sweet recipes, where it's best employed as an essence. Add a few drops to your custards, jellies, ices, and meringues ... you won't regret it!

Yuzu can also be used for the following purposes:

  • Cocktails, mocktails, slushies, and celebration beverages are all available.
  • Soups with an Asian flair
  • Rice for sushi
  • Sashimi
  • Sauce ponzu
  • Sauces, salad dressings, and mayonnaise are all examples of condiments.
  • Preserves, curds, cakes, and biscuits
  • Teas
  • Sorbets

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