YUZU -Japanese common citrus-

What a shame...I wish I could deliver this flavor to you!
This is YUZU plant originating in East Asia and we use this citrus widely and
we can't miss this in Japanese cuisine.
柚子サワー:yuzu sawaa
(Yuzu+soda water+shochu←distilled beverage native to Japan)
is very common at Izakaya. I love this taste and flavor and... I'm sure you will like it ;)
And we often use 柚子ぽん:yuzu-pon(Yuzu+vinegar+soy sause) when we have Nabe(hot pot)
to dip meats or vegetables.
And Yuzu is often combined with honey to make yuzu hachimitsu (柚子蜂蜜) -a kind of syrup
that is used to make yuzu tea (柚子茶)
This tea also really common in Korea.

And Yuzu is also known for its characteristically strong aroma,
In Japan, bathing with Yuzu on Toji (the winter solstice) is a popular custom.
The whole fruits are floated in the hot water of the bath (sometimes enclosed in a cloth bag),
releasing their aroma.
The fruit may also be cut in half, allowing the citrus juice to mingle with the bathwater.
The Yuzu-yu(yuzu bath) is said to guard against colds, warm the body, and relax the mind.
It's also said that we don't catch a cold if we take Yuzu bath ;)
Yuzu make you to relax and to make you warm up!

Posted by: kayoko (November 15, 2010 2:40 PM)

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