Yellow (2) - Picking Yuzu Fruits 🍋🍊 | 在四国岛深山里采摘日本柚

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The yuzu honey tea I got recently from online shopping reminds me of the yuzu fruits picking experience in Japan years ago. I was helping the guesthouse owner couple in the Kochi mountains on Shikoku Island. No large orchard or professional shears, as you can see from my photos, only a rusty plier among a couple of yuzu trees. But hey, it's a full basket of harvested fruits, plus the stunning mountain views in autumn! :D

The yuzu fruit looks like a bigger mandarin 🍊, but has the color of a lemon 🍋 (it's green when unripe). Its skin is rough and bumpy with a typical citrus scent. I like the description from The Guardian that "Yuzu is a fruit that originated in China, now tends to be grown in Japan and in its raw state is pretty ugly. It looks a bit like a lime that fell off a lorry and in fact tastes a bit like that, too – a sort of sharp hybrid of lime, lemon and grapefruit."





前段时间在网上买了柚子茶、抹茶等冲泡的饮料,从巴塞罗那很快就寄到营地,西班牙华人多真是方便啊。加上不久前发了黄色的柠檬和花,我想起来以前采摘这种黄柚子的经历。

当时是在日本四国岛高知深山里给客栈主人夫妇帮忙,看到这里,有没有想到一望无际的果园和专业好用的园艺剪? 其实并没有,操起豪放男主丢过来的一把生锈老虎钳和一个破旧塑料框就奔赴附近的小山岗了。然后发现有些果实还没成熟,是个青黄交接的时段。

日语和西文里称呼这种水果为"ユズ/yuzu",发音虽是"柚子",但不同于我们汉语里说的蜜柚沙田柚之类的柚子。查了下资料,发现这种日本柚在中文里是叫香橙(Citrus × junos),也称罗汉橙、香圆、日本柚子,说是宜昌橙与橘的杂交品种,在唐代的时候传入朝鲜半岛和日本。而华语的“柚”在日语中一般写作“文旦”(ブンタン)。

一番查找后,奇怪的知识🧀又增加了,根据这里的表格,柑(Tangerine)是橘(Mandarin)和橙(Orange)的杂交产物,而橙为橘和柚(Pomelo)的杂交产物。柑之杂交种橘柚的西文就因此合并成Tangelo,橘橙合成为Tangor。在东南亚常常看到的佛手柑又是枸橼(Citron)之变种或栽培品种。真是一出复杂又精彩的柑橘类大戏呀,绕得我头都晕了······

从我拍的这些照片里可以看到,这种果实形状看起来像桔子🍊,却是柠檬🍋黄色(没熟的是青绿色),个头更大,而且表皮皱皱的,摸着比较粗糙,闻起来有柑橘的芳香,果肉又酸又涩,不适合直接食用。

不好直接吃,哪里难得倒我们吃货亚洲人,可以间接吃嘛,还可以喝······ 除了作为韩国柚子茶的原料,在日本也会见到柚子醋、柚子酱、柚子汤、柚子酒、柚子胡椒、柚子味薯片、柚子味甜点等。吃喝之外,还有柚子精油、柚子熏香、柚子成分的护肤品之类,冬至那天更是有泡柚子浴的传统······ 难怪以前《我住》团队里那个可爱的女生起名柚子呢。



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专业电工老虎钳带来的大丰收😄
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Yuzu tea sounds interesting. Is it strong? Bitter?

That farm trip must have been cool.

I've become a big fan of yuzu flavor after having it in ponzu and most recently yuzu beer. The beer was amazingly delicious and refreshing. The aftertaste is where the flavor really came out. My friend Daiskue of Shared Brewery makes it. https://images.ecency.com/p/3W72119s5BjW4PvRk9nXBzqrPWMsMTjNrXDPFFf138Z3LynUgoSwR3719RuqVTcrYgE2KdCkXs4v1dEy6J7BX1Xx28qFHmQTM12kX5L2VR1xtdatGYgaAJ.webp?format=webp&mode=fit

I'm looking forward to going home and exploring more of the yuzu flavor in various dishes. Westerners are really missing out on this flavor.

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The tea tastes pretty sweet because of the honey in it.
I actually mentioned ponzu here in my Chinese writeup, :) and you can also try Yuzushu liqueur, or Yuzu HachiMitsu cocktail.
The beers look refreshing!

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Hadn't had yuzu drink for a long time. With summer coming up, I think should get myself a jar

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That's a good idea! Is it easy to find it in the stores in London? Unlike in Asia, it's quite hard to get it in Belgium.

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我的奇怪的知识也增加了😳

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