Yuzu, commonly known as the Japanese grapefruit is now gaining popularity as a good source of antioxidants that can help replenish dead skin cells.
A unique blend of lime, lemon and grapefruit, this small fruit is about the size of a golf ball.
It is found in either yellow or orange colour and is characterized by rough and uneven skin.
The health benefits of the yuzu come mainly from the vitamin C that can be found in it, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Regular use of yuzu based products like soap and skin moisturizers can result to a smooth and silky, even fragrant skin, because of the essential elements that yuzu has.
The fruit looks like a very small grapefruit with an uneven skin, and can be either yellow or green depending on the degree of ripeness.
Yuzu’s flavour is tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange.
It is rarely eaten as a fruit, though in the Japanese cuisine its aromatic zest (outer rind) is used to garnish some dishes, and its juice is commonly used as a seasoning, traditionally, a hot yuzu bath is taken on the winter solstice day.
It has a long tradition and believed to ward off winter colds and flu, and healing of chapped skin.
Yuzugently centers and softens the body and helps us to be present. It connects and opens the right part of the brain; lemon has more of an effect on the left brain.
The tart fruit isn’t generally eaten whole but used as an ingredient in seasonings, sauces, sweets, teas and liquors.
The tart fruit isn’t generally eaten whole and there is also oil that is extracted from the skin which is also beneficial; yuzu oil is citrus oil smelling much like grapefruit and tangerine.