Yuzu have been around for over 1200 years. The fruit has its origins from China in the Yangtze River Region and first recorded in the 9th century. The Yuzu was brought to Japan by way of the Korean peninsula. Yuzus were introduced to Japan, during the Nara Period. Japanese farmers grew Yuzu fruits for three purposes – culinary, hot bathing and medicines.
Yuzus are a relatively new crop in Australia; previously chefs would import Yuzu concentrate from Japan or China for use in their dishes.
Today chefs all over Australia use yuzus in a variety of cuisines for both savoury and sweet dishes.