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Yuzu is a hybrid that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

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Yuzu is a hybrid that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

Overview of Yuzu

• The yuzu is a citrus fruit and plant originating in East Asia.
• It is a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda.
• The fruit looks like a very small grapefruit.
• It has an uneven skin.
• It can be either yellow or green.
• The fruits are very aromatic.
• They typically range between 5.5 and 7.5 cm in diameter.
• Yuzu forms an upright shrub or small tree.
• The Yuzu originated in China.
• It grows wild in central China and Tibet.

Use in Japanese cuisine
• Garnish some dishes
• Its juice is commonly used as a seasoning
• It is an integral ingredient in the citrus-based sauce ponzu.
• Used as yuzu vinegar
• Yuzu is often combined with honey to make yuzu hachimitsu
• Used to make yuzu tea
• Ingredient in alcoholic drinks
• Used to make liquor and wine
• Used to make various sweets including marmalade and cake
• Yuzu kosho is a spicy Japanese sauce made from green or yellow yuzu zest.
• Used to garnish a savoury.
• Used along with sudachi and kabosu.

Use in Korean cuisine
• Used as thinly sliced and combined with sugar and honey.
• To make thick, marmalade-like syrup containing pieces of the chopped rind and fruit.
• Used to make a beverage called yujacha, lit.
• “yuzu tea”, a herbal remedy for the common cold and similar winter illnesses.
• It is also used to make a variety of traditional fruit punch.

Scientific classification of Yuzu

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Rosids
• Order : Sapindales
• Family : Rutaceae
• Genus : Citrus
• Species : C. ichangensis ×
• C. reticulata var. austera

Growing/Caring conditions for Yuzu

• Plant the Kaffir lime in a container.
• The container should be 2 to 4 inches larger in diameter than the root ball of the plant.
• Make at least one drainage hole in the bottom.
• Move the lime tree outdoors in summer.
• Consider a sturdy but lightweight container such as fiberglass or vinyl.
• Plant the lime in the pot with peat-based potting soil.
• Tamp the soil down with fingers.
• The top of the root ball should be 1 inch below the top of the container’s rim.
• Do not cover the root ball in soil.
• Give lime tree lukewarm water after planting.
• Water should soak in around the perimeter of the root ball until liquid drains from the bottom hole.
• This watering compacts the potting soil.
• Soil particles come in direct contact with the root ball and eliminate air pockets.
• Add additional potting soil to the container after watering.
• Move the lime tree to a sunny, warm room.
• Citrus trees need direct sun rays.
• Water the soil to keep it evenly moist from late spring to early fall.
• Do not over-water.
• Lime tree roots do not tolerate soggy soils.
• From November to March, keep the soil slightly drier before watering.
• Apply a well-balanced formula of slow-release granular or water-soluble fertilizer from mid-spring to early fall.
• A 6-6-6 or 10-10-10 formula with micro-nutrients works well.
• Trim leggy branches with hand pruners in early spring through early summer.
• Make pruning cuts 1/4-inch above a lower branch junction or leaf.

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