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Do You Yuzu?

Instead of salsa verde I put cucumbers with Lebanese seasoning and labne in my beef tacos tonight.  Then I added a splash of Trader Joe’s Yuzu Hot Sauce.  The result was like visiting three very different cultures, Mediterranean , Mexican, and Japanese.

Yuzu is a citrus fruit that looks very much like a lemon, but it has huge seeds.  Yuzu sauce is made from the rind and the juice, which had the unique characteristic of retaining it’s sour flavor even when cooked on high heat.  It is expensive because the plant is somewhat rare and there is not much juice in a Yuzu.  But a little Yuzu goes a long ways.

The Lebanese seasoning consists of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac.  Sumac is a brownish red seasoning made from the seeds of the kind of sumac tree that is not poisonous. It also has a citrus-like flavor which for some reason goes really well with cucumber.

The shrimp colored stuff top left of my plate is preserved ginger.  It is a little too salty and too sweet which is probably why I love it so.  No tapioca pudding for me tonight because ginger was my dessert.

  • Question of

    Do you like tapioca pudding?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you eaten Yuzu sauce?

    • Yes, tried it and liked it.
    • Yes, tried it and didn’t like it.


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Written by Ann Hartley

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    • They were giving out samples of their broccoli slaw and when I asked what sauce that was on it, the clerk went and got me a bottle of the Yuzu. I have been buying it ever since, but a bottle lasts a long time.

  1. This looks very interesting to me ..I did not try any of this … I think that some of the spices are not in our market ..People did not even hear about them.I would like to once again try all this ..

    • Yes, marija64 it is not in the usual stores and although several vendors sell sauces with the yuzu fruit in them, they are rather expensive! It is an ingredient in fish sauce, too, by that I mean sauce made out of raw fish, not sauce that you put on fish.


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