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What Is Yuzu, and What Fruit Goes Well With It?

Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.

Discover the unique flavor and nutritional benefits of yuzu.

Discover the unique flavor and nutritional benefits of yuzu.

If you're a foodie, you enjoy keeping up with food trends. What’s hot in the food world? Good nutrition never goes out of style and one of the most nutritious foods you can eat is fruit.

One fruit that more people are searching for online these days is yuzu fruit. But exactly what is this fruit—and which fruits pair well with it? Let's take a closer look at the trendy fruit with the strange name but the citrusy taste.

What Is Yuzu?

Yuzu is a citrus fruit native to Asia. It is highly prized in Japanese cuisine, though it also grows in China and Korea. Popular throughout Asian cuisine, it is a small citrus fruit that looks like a grapefruit with a thin skin that covers edible white pulp and sharp seeds.

Yuzu is beloved in Japan, where it is referred to as sudachi. About the size of a golf ball with an aromatic, floral flavor, yuzu titillates the taste buds. You can use it in place of lemons or limes and enjoy its unique flavor.

A Vibrant Citrus Flavor

If you've ever had a Japanese dish made with yuzu juice or zest (the outer peel), then you have tasted yuzu fruit before even if you didn't realize it at the time!

Chefs love using yuzu zest in cooking because it adds a vibrant citrus flavor to dishes without creating too much acidity or bitterness like regular lemon juice does.

While yuzu fruit has a similar taste to both limes and lemons, chefs and home cooks alike prize it for its unique aroma with hints of pomelo, grapefruit, and sweet lime.

You can also buy yuzu juice online. Some people use the juice in smoothies, in cocktails, and to make flavored vinegar.

What Fruit Goes Well with Yuzu?

Citrus fruits are a popular accompaniment to dessert. Lemons, limes, and oranges work well with sweet desserts since they are tangy without being too sour. Many of the most popular desserts are built around fruit.

Since yuzu is a citrus fruit, you can use it in dessert recipes where you typically use lemon, lime, or orange and enjoy its more unique, but citrusy, taste.

You can also combine yuzu with other fruits. Yuzu pairs well with stones fruits, like apricot, berries, cherries, other citrus fruits, peaches, prickly pears, and plums.

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How can you take advantage of this?

Make a citrus fruit salad with your favorite citrus fruits, including yuzu, and sprinkle it with coconut and chopped nuts. Another option is to serve frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream with yuzu and other fruits of your choice.

Use It to Make Juice, Jams, and Marmalade

Why not use yuzu and your favorite citrus fruits to make citrus fruit marmalade? Marmalade is a sweet preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, or grapefruits.

You can enjoy marmalade on toast or bread, served with cheese, or in sauces. You can also use marmalade in savory dishes such as meatloaf or chicken pot pie for a hint of sweet contrast. Marmalade is similar to jam, but you cook it longer, which intensifies its flavor.

Juices, Smoothies, and Desserts

If you’re looking for a refreshing summer drink, try yuzuade, a more exotic version of lemonade. You can also use yuzu to make fruit-flavored sparkling water or a light summery cocktail or mocktail.

Because of its similarity to grapefruit and lemon, you can substitute yuzu in any recipe that calls for those fruits or combine it with other citrus fruits to make a tasty and nutritious smoothie.

Experiment and try yuzu with a variety of other fruits as a healthy dessert with a dollop of whipped cream on top. You can also make a delightful sorbet with a combination of yuzu and other citrus fruits. A perfect light ending to a meal!

Health Benefits

You don’t have to feel guilty about eating yuzu. Not only does it contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it’s rich in bioactive compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. It’s better than eating a sugar snack too!

Where to Find This Fruit

Yuzu fruits are in season during the summer months, but they can be hard to find outside Japan. If you live in an area with a Japanese grocery store or Asian market, you may be able to find frozen yuzu juice concentrate or candied yuzu peel.

Otherwise, you'll need to order this exotic fruit online for delivery by mail. But if you’re looking for something exotic or a bit different, it might be worth it.

Final Thoughts

What fruit goes with yuzu? Here's hoping this fruit will encourage you to experiment and create new culinary creations with other fruits. It's an exciting fruit with a refreshing, citrusy flavor. Enjoy its unique aroma and taste!

References

  • Bioactive Components and Health-Promoting Properties of Yuzu (Citrus ichangensis × C. reticulate). Food Reviews International. Published 2014. Accessed June 20, 2022. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/87559129.2014.902958
  • ‌"13 Emerging Benefits and Uses of Yuzu Fruit - Healthline." 3 Jan. 2020, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/yuzu-fruit.
  • Kurokawa, Yoko (7 January 2009). "Vol. 11: The Yuko, a Native Japanese Citrus". Japanese Traditional Foods. Tokyo Foundation. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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