Here's What Yuzu Really Tastes Like

It’s the time of year when immune health is on everyone’s mind. The threat of infection seems to be lurking everywhere, from the person coughing behind you in line at the

grocery store to your own sniffly nose-kids. You likely already know that citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruit, can support immune health. Another good one? Yuzu. You

may have noticed yuzu popping up on cocktail menus and in desserts; it’s often used in liquor and marmalade. But although this fruit may just now be gaining momentum in the U.S.,

its roots can be traced back over 1,000 years. Here, registered dietitians explain what yuzu is, where to find it, why it’s beneficial and how to experiment with it at

home.What is yuzu? “Yuzu, also known as citrus junos, is a hybrid citrus fruit that originated in China over 1,000 years ago,” explains Hazel Ng, a registered dietitian at

SmartEater. Ng explains that while yuzu originated in China, it is now grown in other places in the world. Sophie Hung, RD notes that yuzu is a plant in the Rutaceae family,

which are flowering citrus fruits. Other plants in the Rutaceae family include lemon, lime, grapefruit and oranges. What does yuzu taste like? Like other citrus fruits,

yuzu tastes bright and refreshing. “Its flavor is tart and fragrant, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange,” Hung says. Ng describes it as a

mix between lemon and mandarin orange, with underlying notes of lime and grapefruit. This complex, layered taste is exactly what makes yuzu so special.