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Citrus junos – Yuzu (plant) QLD ONLY!

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Yuzu (Citrus junos, from Japanese ユズ or 柚子) is a citrus fruit and plant in the family Rutaceae. It is believed to have originated in central China as a hybrid of mandarin orange and the ichang papeda.

Though rarely eaten as a fruit, yuzu is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, where the aromatic zest as well as the juice are used much in the same way that lemons are used in other cuisines. The yuzu’s flavour is tart and fragrant, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange. It is an integral ingredient (along with sudachi, daidai, and other similar citrus fruits) in the citrus-based sauce ponzu, and yuzu vinegar is also produced. Yuzu is often combined with honey to make yuzu hachimitsu (柚子蜂蜜)—a kind of syrup that is used to make yuzu tea (柚子茶), or as an ingredient in alcoholic drinks such as the yuzu sour (柚子サワー). Yuzu kosho (also yuzukosho, literally “yuzu and pepper”), is a spicy Japanese sauce made from green or yellow yuzu zest, green or red chili peppers, and salt. It is used to make liquor (such as yuzukomachi, 柚子小町) and wine. Slivered yuzu rind is used to garnish a savoury, salty egg-pudding dish called chawanmushi, as well as miso soup. It is often used along with sudachi and kabosu. Yuzu is used to make various sweets including marmalade and cake. It is used extensively in the flavouring of many snack products, such as Doritos. (Wikipedia). Photo credit 경빈마마 [CC BY (

Care and Cultivation of Citrus junos

Citrjunos likes a full sun to part shade position with adequate moisture and regular fertiliser, just like other Citrus. Easy to care for and drought hardy once established. Keep pruned to desired shape and height. Good cold tolerance.

1 seed grown plant (80-150mm tall). Shipped within Queensland only, Citrus Tristeza Virus  restrictions, see here)


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