BFI’s Summer #HotTakes Flavor Fest: Yuzu

☀️ Imagine a citrus that’s more than just a flavor—it’s an experience. Enter Yuzu, the latest star in our Summer #HotTakes Flavor Fest! ☀️

We’re all about Yuzu because it’s here to rewrite the citrus playbook. This vibrant, unexpected fruit is ready to transform your culinary creations with its unique zing and flair. Forget everything you thought you knew about citrus—Yuzu is here to turn those notions upside down.

🍋 A Quick Squeeze of History:

Hailing from East Asia, Yuzu has earned its place in kitchens worldwide. This rugged, aromatic citrus has been a staple in Japanese and Korean cuisine for centuries, celebrated for its distinctive tart and floral essence. Beyond its culinary allure, Yuzu holds cultural significance, often featured in traditional remedies and wellness rituals—from warming yuzu baths to immune-boosting teas.

🌊🏄 Surfing The Health Wave:

In today’s wellness-driven world, Yuzu is a gem. Packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, it’s a natural ally for boosting immunity and fighting inflammation — making it a go-to flavor for the health-conscious. Whether enjoyed in a refreshing drink or added to your favorite dish, Yuzu is another tool in the functional flavors toolbox.

🌟 Flavor Breakdown: The Yuzu Fruit:

Picture the bold zest of a grapefruit mingling with the delicate sweetness of a mandarin. That’s Yuzu. Its complex, bright aroma and nuanced taste profile make it a standout ingredient, adding a touch of sophistication to both sweet and savory dishes.

🍗 Flavor Breakdown: Yuzu Herb Marinated Chicken:

Transforming Yuzu into a versatile summer success, our Yuzu Herb Marinated Chicken is a must-try. Fresh Yuzu juice is paired with a medley of herbs and spices, creating a marinade that elevates chicken to a new level of deliciousness. Expect a harmonious blend of tartness and a burst of savory goodness that will tantalize taste buds.

Wanna give a try? Let’s get cooking with an at-home experience:

Yuzu Herb Marinated Chicken Recipe


• 2 oz fresh Yuzu juice

• 1.5 oz olive oil

• 1 tbsp soy sauce

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

• Fresh herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, and parsley), chopped

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 4 chicken breasts


1. Juice: Squeeze fresh Yuzu juice and set aside.

2. Mix: In a bowl, combine the Yuzu juice, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Marinate: Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

4. Grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until fully cooked.

5. Serve: Serve the Yuzu Herb Marinated Chicken with a garnish of fresh herbs and a squeeze of extra Yuzu juice for a burst of freshness.

💡 Yu-zing Yuzu: Application Ideation

Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Beverages:

Yuzu is making waves in the RTD market. Its unique tart and floral profile brings an unexpected twist to canned beverages, making it the easy summer staple.  Imagine popping open a can and being instantly transported by the exotic, vibrant flavor of Yuzu—pure joy in every sip.

Cocktail-Inspired Non-Alcoholic Beverages:

For those who enjoy a sophisticated mocktail, Yuzu is transformative. Its citrusy punch turns non-alcoholic seltzers into elegant, flavorful drinks that rival any cocktail. Perfect for anyone wanting all the complexity of a gourmet drink without the alcohol.


Yuzu doesn’t stop at beverages. Envision candies, chocolates, and pastries infused with its bright zest. From Yuzu-infused truffles that dissolve in your mouth to tangy gummies that awaken your palate, the possibilities are boundless. The perfect harmony of tart and floral notes creates gourmet sweets that are extraordinary.

Culinary Creations:

Yuzu is a dynamo in the kitchen. Picture this: zesty sauces, bold marinades, and desserts with an invigorating twist. A Yuzu dressing can elevate a summer salad, while a drizzle over ice cream transforms a simple dessert into a flavor explosion. Its versatility makes it a must-have for chefs seeking to infuse bold, unforgettable flavors into their dishes.

Let’s Goooooooo!

Ready to introduce this game-changing flavor to your products? The team at Brookside Flavors and Ingredients is here to help. So, grab your apron, fire up the grill, and let’s make this summer unforgettable with the vibrant taste of Yuzu!

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