Other than tasting incredible, the Korean Citron tea comes with extraordinary nutritional benefits you may not be aware of.
Korean Citron tea is a herbal tea made from “Yuja“, in English known as the citron fruit. Therefore its name of origin “Yujacha” (Citron tea). Yuja is widely recognized as a herbal remedy and ingredient for a variety of desserts, cocktails, and main courses. It is a perfect example of an ingredient that is embraced not only because of the flavor it holds but its healing properties. Yuja is known for its ability to:
- Relieve headaches
- Cure flu’s
- Calm coughs and soothe sore throats
- Act as an excellent source of vitamin C
- To ease sea sickness
- To possess antibiotic properties
- Enhance the skin’s complexion
- Help in suppressing fevers
- Contain calcium to strengthen bones
- Fight against skin discoloration
- Increase blood circulation
- Aid digestion
- Cure hangovers
Even though Yuja is categorized as a citrus fruit, it still has distinguishing characteristics compared to lemons or limes. It has a distinct bitter and sour taste that is rarely used for fresh juices or zest but used to make marmalade, tea, and common Korean dishes. Some people often add honey or sugar to soften the Yuja’s acidity and diminish its bitterness. This refreshing fruit bears an interesting history:
History of the Yuja fruit
Korean legend says that a man named “Jang Bo Goh” was bringing a Yuja tree from China to Korea. A storm struck the tree causing its leaves and fruits to be crushed. Jan Bo Goh then carried the seeds of the Yuja tree into his coat. As he continues to travel throughout South Korea, the Yuja tree’s remnants fell out and took root, resulting in the fruit flourishing in Korea.
Yuja based recipes to try at home
As one of Bali’s biggest food distributor, we deliver even the most sophisticated ingredients to your home or food & beverage business. With everyone’s growing curiosity of the Korean Citron tea, Puri Pangan would like to share recipe’s you can prepare at home using this unique ingredient.
- Yuja tea
To make the recipe that started it all, scoop out the pre-made Yuja marmalade that you can purchase here, and mix with hot water to your liking. For added benefits, add your favorite green tea powder.
- Gin & Vodka Korean Citron tea
Add 1 oz of your choice of vodka, 10z of your choice of gin, ¾ oz of green tea flavored liquor, and 3 teaspoons of pre-made Yuja marmalade. Add the ingredients to a shaker, pour into a glass, garnish with mint, and get ready for an exotic drink.