Time seems to be flying by so quickly these days, and it’s hard to keep up with everyone here, let alone with the news back home. My cough has almost matured into a full cold but I’m hanging in there.
Yesterday, as I was cycling back from university, I went past the veggie stand where I normally pick up my 100 yen vegetables from. This time they had some citrus fruits but I wasn’t sure what they were since the fruits were much bigger than limes and lemons but I knew they weren’t grapefruit. Anyway, I bought a bag of 3 and decided to look up what kind of fruit I had bought a bit later.
Turns out I had bought YUZU! It’s a bit like grapefruit but it’s also like a lemon/lime at the same time. It’s hard to describe the flavour, but it’s really refreshing. I’ve never seen these in the supermarkets back in London – I’ve come across it in yogurts and desserts, but never in its original form. So I searched for yuzu recipes and came across Yuzu Hachimitsu, which is yuzu fruit mixed with honey, to make yuzu tea.
I’ve had this tea before in London and it tasted pretty good. Since I had time I decided to make it from scratch. I found some recipes but I just improvised because we don’t have any kitchen scales so I just guessed the quantities!
The basic recipe consists of yuzu fruit and sugar. I also added some honey to the pan a bit later to give it more flavour. You just mix all these ingredients together and cook it until the white flesh turns clear, and that’s it!
The end result tastes a bit like marmalade – a bit bitter yet sweet at the same time. I’m not sure if I made it correctly but it tastes pretty good to me!
And here is the end product! Yuzu Hachimitsu!
It’s not quite like the shop bought stuff, but it was fun to make and it was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
I’m trying to build up a nice collection of photos of the autumn leaves changing colour to make a blog post, but here’s one that I took recently. Thanks for reading!