PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Yuzurikko - Preserving pesticide-free yuzu in Tokushima
Yuzurikko was founded by Sumie Misawa, a 66-year-old woman living in Tokushima prefecture, a region famous for its yuzu (a kind of Japanese citrus fruit that tastes like a mix between a lemon and a mandarin orange, but with a milder rounded flavor). It's one of the most popular flavorings in Japan due its versatility and dynamic citrus taste.
Sumie noticed that many pesticide-free yuzu were being thrown away or left unused in Tokushima prefecture, as many of the yuzu trees grow on steep mountain slopes and the aging yuzu farmers were no longer able to harvest them. She didn't want to see these precious fruits go to waste so she decided to help with the harvesting and to create her own yuzu products.
Yuzurikko harvests only the ripest and juiciest yuzu, which are then washed, cut, and cooked. The fruits are carefully separated by hand into their juice, flesh, skin and seeds. Every part of the yuzu is effectively utilized without any parts going to waste: the juice is used to make yuzu syrup, the outer skin and juice is to make yuzu marmalade, the flesh, juice and slimy parts around the seeds are to make yuzu jam, and the juice, outer skin and flesh are usedto make yuzu tea.
Their main product is an award-winning yuzu miso which is named Yuzurikko, after the company, and was featured in our May Nourishing Essentials Care Package. Three of the awards were given by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and it is used in many first-class hotels and restaurants.
"My favorite way of eating this is to spread it on toast with a slice of tomato on top. I have it all the time whenever I'm on a business trip, I can't stop eating it!" - Yuzurikko, CEO
The yuzu miso has only three simple ingredients: pesticide-free (during cultivation period) yuzu, miso (rice, soy bean and salt) and beet sugar. It goes great with many different dishes including rice, tofu and vegetables.
Yuzurikko also makes a Japanese yuzu spice called Yuzu Cosho with chili, pesticide-free (during cultivation period) yuzu and salt. It used to give a spicy, citrus flavor tp hot pots and many other dishes.
They also make a yuzu tea using the dried and roasted peels of the pesticide-free (during cultivation period) yuzu and sudachi, which is another kind of Japanese citrus fruit.
Sumie and Yuzurikko have helped to save a industry while created one of our most popular products yet!
Try their Yuzurikko's Cold Soba Noodles with Yuzu Miso Soy Milk recipe.
Company website: https://yuzurikko.jp/
Translation by Aya Uemura