Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is the size of a mandarin. It resembles a small grapefruit with uneven skin and is usually yellowish to greenish in color. It's tart in taste with a delicate accent of grapefruit and lime-like flavors.
Yuzu originates from East Asia and is most commonly cultivated and used in Japan. It is not eaten like a whole fruit but the juice and the zest are widely used in Japanese and Korean cuisine. Similar in use as that of the lemon it can be found in pastries, teas, jams, dressings, sauces, beers, etc.
Try replacing lemon with a dash of yuzu for something different. It's subtle on the palate and less citrusy.
This is a great simple twist to plain avocado using yuzu juice in place of lemon juice. Don't forget to sprinkle some poppy seeds for some added texture and decoration.
Avocado Smash with Yuzu and Poppy Seeds
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/2 teaspoon of yuzu juice, concentrated
• 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
• 1/2 clove garlic (small clove)
• a pinch of coarse sea salt (adjust according to taste)
Halve your avocado and scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place it in a small bowl.
Add your yuzu juice and garlic.
Start to mash the avocado with the back of a fork. Make sure not to mash it up too much. It's nice to have bits and chunks in it.
Add your salt and your poppy seeds. Give it a final whirl in the bowl.
I used an ice cream scooper to give this avocado some shape.
Plop it on a plate and it's ready to be served.