Producer:Wakayama Shouten Prefecture:Tochigi Ingredients:Sugar (domestic), yuzu, white bean paste, starch syrup, kanten (agar) Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free Size: 1 piece (~100g) Storage: Refrigerate after opening and use as soon as possible. Japan is home to over 40 different varieties of citrus fruit, with yuzu being one of the most beloved. From the outside, yuzu resembles a lemon with its bright yellow peel. However, the fruit is larger and squatter with a flavor best described as a cross between a tart lemon, a sweet mandarin orange, and a fragrant grapefruit. The fruit itself is rarely eaten raw, instead everything from its zest to its flesh can be found lending its flavors to many of Japan’s favorite foods. The yuzu grown in the Nissato district in the northwest of Utsunomiya City in Tochigi Prefecture is called "Miyayuzu". It has a thick, aromatic peel and a beautiful citrus scent. Mitsuo Tokoi, the second-generation yuzu producer of "Tokoi Yuzuen", carefully cultivates this rare Miyayuzu which has attracted attention from chefs around Japan. But since it’s not distributed on the market, it is also known as the "phantom yuzu." To make this special whole yuzu yokan, the fleshy, fragrant pulp of Miyayuzu is hollowed out of the peel and boiled in molasses to make it as soft as possible. Piping hot yokan (jelly) made from white bean paste, sugar, kanten (agar) and the yuzu pulp is then inserted back into the softened peel. It took many trials and errors to discover this manufacturing method. You will notice yuzu’s signature citrus aroma and sweet tart flavors with every bite! Wakayama Shoten was founded in 1946, shortly after the war, by the current president's father. At that time, they were running a bamboo and chestnut farm on a vast 10 hectare farm and started making sweets using the chestnuts. They believe high-quality ingredients are the most important factor in making delicious Japanese sweets and Tochigi Prefecture is a treasure trove of agricultural products. They partner with local farmers, such as Mitsuo Tokoi, who grow fresh, local produce.
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