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Yuzu, The Twisted Japanese Lemon

The Yuzu has a history of over 1200 years. This fruit has its origins from China in the Yangtze River Region. The Yuzu was brought to Japan by way of the Korean peninsula. When the Yuzu was introduced to Japan, during the Nara Period (year 710), the Japanese farmers grew Yuzu fruits for three purposes, culinary, hot bathing and medicinal.

Yuzu Fruit TreeYuzu is beautiful year round. In the spring the tree's foliage produces a white blossom that is enchanting to look at. In the summer the Yuzu fruit start to grow in a healthy green color, adding more texture to the tree. We enjoy sliced and grated green Yuzu rind with salad, and sashimi dishes. It gives a spicy citrus flavor and is truly delicious. In the winter the fruit ripens to a brilliant golden-yellow color, which is the hallmark of this multi-purpose, ornamental tree.

Yuzu Passion, a manufacturer of quality Yuzu products, has created a small line of delicious seasonings. Asian Food Grocer now carries their Yuzu Juice, a sour citrus that can be used to create sauce like ponzu; Yuzu Ginger Cocktail Mix, for creating unique beverages with your favorite spirit or drink. We also carry their Marmalade and Ginger Conserve, which is perfect for dessert sauces, crackers, or tea. You can see Yuzu Passion's entire catalog here.

Yuzu Fruit Hot Springs BathYuzu is not only for eating or for cooking. In Japan, it is used in preparation for a special hot bath. Traditionally, a hot Yuzu bath is taken on the winter solstice day. It has a long tradition and believed to ward off winter colds and flu, and healing of chapped skin. The hot water helps to release a pleasant aroma from the Yuzu fruit. In fact, a part of the Yuzu's oil component "Nomilin" gives a relaxation affect, and provides better circulation on your body. As a result, using the Yuzu oil on the skin becomes very smooth after the bath. We also believed that taking a Yuzu bath brings you wealth and assurance of good health. We recommend not to substitute Yuzu with other citrus products such as lemon or orange. It does not give the same aromatic and health affect as Yuzu. If you want to experience a Yuzu Bath Hot Spring, we recommend trying in the winter season, including November and December.

Yuzu Fruit SeedsIn ancient times, Yuzu seed were used as a natural medicine to treat skin irritations, and itchiness. People preserved the seeds with Shochu or Sake. Today, it is use to create natural cosmetics for skin toning. Here are some of the other benefits:

Vitamin C

  • 3 times more than that of lemon (it has 150mg vitamin C in 100g of Yuzu)
  • Flavonoids: antioxidant activity
  • Collagen
  • Rejuvenates maturing skin
  • Activates cell and fat burning effect

Vitamin P (It is in most citrus)

  • Helps absorb vitamin C & promote healthy blood flow

Organic Acids

  • Malic acid (fruit acid): It aids in recovery of muscular aches
  • Citric acid plays a crucial role in digestion

Nomilin (Yuzu Skin essential oil component)

  • Aids in relaxation

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA . This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Learn more about Yuzu Passion by seeing their manufacturer's page here!

3 Comments

Lisa said:

I recently got to know YUZU from Food Network.
One of my favorite Japanese fusion restaurant had YUZU dressing in their menu.
It was very good. Never had that kind of citrus flavor.
I want to try making the same YUZU dressing. I think I can use Yuzu Juice to make it.

Frederick C Ingram said:

do you have coconut viniger

Char said:

Yuzu was transfered from China to Japan. This is the solid fact. But it was probably from the Sea Route, directly. There is no evidence that it came through Korea. The reason why Koreans use Yuzu now is most likely it was brought from Japan during the annexation period in 20th century. Koreans tend to insist their contribution to Japanese culture all the time, but most of the cases there is no reason in their story.

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