Amazing Benefits of Citron Tea (Korean Citron Yuzu Tea)

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Drinking a rejuvenating cup of citron tea can be a wonderful way to boost your health and enjoy an unusual variety of tea.

What is Citron Tea?

Citron tea is a type of tea that is not actually brewed from tea leaves. Also known as yuja-cha, yuja tea, yuzu tea, and Korean citron tea, this flavorful beverage is prepared using thin slices of the citron fruit, preparing it with sugar and honey to form a fruit preserve. Citron is a large citrus fruit, closely related to the pomelo and mandarin, and has been cultivated in some way since ancient times. Most popularly prepared and consumed in Korea, it has become a cultural export and has become more readily available in the United States and other regions where herbal teas and natural healing is on the rise.

Nutrition

This tea contains a moderate amount of vitamin C and various antioxidants, as well as essential oils with antibacterial properties. There are also small amounts of iron and calcium, along with dietary fiber and low levels of potassium. There are only 65 calories in a cup of Korean citron yuzu tea.

A white and blue cup and saucer filled with tea and a lemon slice in it.

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Citron (or Yuzu) Tea Benefits

There are many impressive benefits for those who drink this tea. Since ancient times, it has been used to heal respiratory issues, such as coughs and sore throats, and was commonly brewed as a remedy for seasickness. The vitamin C content is able to stimulate the immune system of the body, helping to prevent infections and other diseases, while also acting as an antioxidant to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Anti-inflammatory properties in this tea also make it a trusted remedy for fever. The stimulant nature of citron tea and its essential oils can help to boost circulation and improve discoloration of the body and skin. Perhaps most notable, this Korean tea is trusted as a digestive aid and stimulant. A glass or two of this flavorful tea will help regulate your bowel movements and reduce symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and excess flatulence.

How to Make Citron Tea?

Many people prefer to make their own Korean Yuja Cha tea since it is relatively easy to make. Due to the lack of caffeine in this tea, there is no limit recommended by experts, and many people in Korea drink this tea throughout the day.

A transparent kettle filled with lemon tea and surrounded by citrus fruits and mint leaves

Korean Yuja Cha (Yuzu Citron) Tea Recipe

Make this traditional Korean cold remedy at home in 6 simple steps! 
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Course: Tea, Herbal Tea
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: Citron Tea, Korean Citron Yuzu Tea, Yujacha
Appliance: Teapot, Glass Jar, Knife
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 jar
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 1 cup citrus fruit or yuzu sliced
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup water filtered

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the citrus fruit into thin slices or wedges. Be sure to remove the seeds. 
  • Add 3/4 cup of honey to very warm water and stir to make a syrup.
  • Add the fruit slices to this mixture.
  • Pour the honey and fruit into a jar and seal. This is called yuja-chung.
  • To prepare a cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of yuja chung to a cup of hot water and stir. You can eat the fruit rind and slices. 
  • Store excess yuja chung in the refrigerator in an airtight jar until you want to make your next cup of honey citron tea!
    A transparent kettle filled with lemon tea and surrounded by citrus fruits and mint leaves

Notes

The yuja-chung mixture will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 1-2 months. 
You can also add herbs and ginger slices for a different version. 

Enjoy this warming beverage in the winter months!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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