The Sexy, New Superfruit is Now at Central Market
Yuzu, a citrus fruit, is gaining global fame as the next big superfruit, and it's the new star in our Produce department.
Yuzu is considered to be a hybrid between sour mandarin oranges and Ichang papeda, the Ichang lemon. Usually yellow in color, the mature fruits are seedy and roughly the size of a small grapefruit with uneven skin. It’s taste is something like citrus heaven -- a tart cross between a lemon, mandarin, and grapefruit.
The fruit is originally from East Asia, where it grows wild in China, and has been cultivated in Japan and Korea since the Tang Dynasty in 618-907 A.D.
Even though yuzu is being hailed as the newest super fruit, it’s not typically eaten as a fruit. Famous chefs around the world are adding yuzu to sauces, savory dishes, desserts, cocktails, teas, even over seafood, and in breads. Yuzu zest is used as garnish, and yuzu juice is used much the same as lemon juice.
If you're ready to experiment with yuzu, which is also high in vitamin C, here are some recipe sites to browse. Questions? Ask our Produce Partners!
Includes Yuzu Macarons, Yuzu Rice Granita, Chicken-Meatball Yakitori, Tatsutage Fried Chicken with Spicy Yuzu Mayonnaise Recipe
Includes Yuzu Miso, Tuna Tots with Yuzu Vinaigrette, Miso-Ginger Marinated Grilled Salmon