Yuzu cha

When I’m at the farmer’s market, I often encounter interesting things. Last time I encounter Yuzu.

‘Yuzu? What is that?’ people usually ask me when I tell them what I’d found.

The yuzu is a citrus that grows primarily in East Asia. The Japanese, Chinese and Koreans frequently use this fruit in their kitchen. The yuzu looks like a mandarin and a lemon had an ugly baby. If you hold it in your hand, it feels like the peel isn’t attached to the fruit. The yuzu has a lot of peel, pits but relatively little flesh. The yuzu also has this amazing smell.

Yuzu isn’t know to be eaten as a fruit, but is mainly used for the outer peel. This is often used to make sauces, dressings and vinegar. You can also use the whole fruit in tea or marmalade.

Yuzu tea, which Koreans call yuja cha, is really delicious and healthy for you. What do you need for one jar of yuzu tea?

  •  2 – 4 yuzu fruit
  • 3 – 6 Tbsp sugar
  •  Pinch of salt
  •  Optional: Honey (or use rice syrup or more sugar)

1. Wash the yuzu. Cut the fruit horizontally and cut them into thin strips (it is easier to cut this way than on the picture). Cut the thin strips in half.

2. Remove the pits. Pay attention! There are a lot of pits. You can use the pits to thicken jams for example. If you have no use for them, throw them away.

3. Sprinkle salt of the wedges of yuzu. This reduces the bitterness of the fruit.

4. Also sprinkle a few tablespoons of sugar on the yuzu. You have to be able to see the sugar on the fruit or else you need to add another tablespoon of sugar. Je moet de suikerkorreltjes kunnen zien, zo niet dan moet je nog wat suiker besprenkelen.

Leave the yuzu at room temperature. The sugar needs to be absorbed by the fruit and has to start looking syrupy. If you used rice syrup, you need to use a little extra sugar.

5. Prepare a clean jar to put the yuzu tea in.

6. Put a layer of yuzu in the jar. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons honey (or rice syrup) on the yuzu. Repeat this process till the jar is full. You need to end with the honey.

7. If you have a full jar, press the yuzu down, so the yuzu will stay preserved. Remember to add a little bit of honey on top.

8. Leave the yuzu tea at room temperatuur for 24 hours, so the flavors deepen and develop. Keep the yuzu tea in the fridge for 2 weeks.

How do you make yuzu tea?

1. Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of yuzu in your tea cup.

2. Add boiling water and leave it alone for 2-3 minutes.

3. Stir the tea and taste. If you need more honey, add another teaspoon.

Enjoy! 

Yuzu tea is a lot more delicious than normal citron tea.

A lot of stores sell citron tea / yuzu tea, but I think this is normal citron tea. So beware!

What is your favorite tea? Leave a comment down below!

Remember, eat your veg!

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