Yuzu is a citrus fruit originating in East Asia. It’s believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda. The fruit looks a bit like a very small grapefruit with an uneven skin, and can be either yellow or green depending on the degree of ripeness. Yuzu fruits, which are very aromatic, typically range between 5.5 and 7.5 cm in diameter, but can be as large as a grapefruit (up to 10 cm or larger).
The flavour of yuzu is quite tart – a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange is as close as I can describe. Yuzus are very difficult to find in the UK as you don’t usually eat them on their own. In Japan the zest or juice used in cooking. I used to bottle the yuzu in Shochuu which is a sake based drink. The flavour infuses and then you can use the concentrated form with lemonade, prosecco or or sparkling water.
Recipes with yuzu