Yuzu is a small, light orange bumpy fruit used for its zest and juice. In winter, people in Japan add fragrant peels to hot baths. Try it yourself in your next bath! Use a peeler to peel some strips, place in your hot bath and relax to enjoy the wonderful aroma. Save the rest of the fruit for juice.
Yuzu juice is an important ingredient in ponzu sauce, another Japanese condiment made with soy sauce. It can replace the citrus component of salad dressings and marinades. It makes a great marmalade or tea jam! You can replace lemons or oranges in a variety of desserts and beverages.
This unique condiment from Japan literally adds a lot of zest to a meal.
It’s one of my daughter’s favorites along with Bull-Dog sauce.
Anytime we have a hotpot or nabe or even ramen, she loves to have the brightening and spicy flavor of yuzu kosho.
I will be including a recipe on how to make Yuzu Kosho in my upcoming cookbook, Plant-Based Pacific!
If you would like to get a head start on what you will need when yuzu citrus is in season again, make sure you get yourself a Japanese surabachi and surikogi(a groovy grooved mortar and pestle).
The one I used was a holiday gift from my mom. This better quality, deep bowl was made in Japan and features a wavy, floral pattern for the grooves. I have a flatter style suribachi for making gomashio – a sesame seed/salt condiment. I found this beautiful ceramic one on Amazon.com. What a gorgeous white aesthetic bowl that comes with a cypress pestle! Also, I suggest getting a bamboo brush to help remove the bits that get in the ridges.
Such beautiful and practical additions to your kitchen. I love looking at them on my window sill.
Shopping for Equipment and Ingredients
Mino Ware Suribachi and Surikogi
Kotobuki Bamboo Brush
If you don’t want to make your own, these are a couple brands that I suggest that don’t have any added artificial colors or ingredients.
Ocean Foods Red and Green Yuzu Kosho Set
Fundokin Green Yuzu Kosho
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