Yuzu is mainly cultivated in Japan, Korea, and China. It’s incredibly fragrant, but also has a sour note if eaten as is. While it is commonly used for flavoring in the kitchen, it is also recommended for treating respiratory infections such as the common cold and associated symptoms such as a sore throat.
The fruit is rich in vitamin C. A 100 gram of the fruit would contain 90.4mg of vitamin C. The riper the fruit the richer is the Vitamin C content which is hidden in the pulp and the peel. It has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Also, yuzu is rich in both hesperidin and naringenin, two flavanone compounds with several health benefits. The fruit is especially popular among Japanese as an added ingredient to their preferred beverages especially tea. Drinking yuzu tea or adding the grinded peel to herbal teas can treat respiratory infections such as the common cold, flu and sore throat symptoms.
Brown rice (Genmai)
Genmai or brown rice. Not only it is fast becoming the most popular staple food overtaking regular rice in consumption; it is also a popular ingredient that Japanese use in their hot beverages. Due to its low glycemic index, it is suitable for diet management. It has a nutty flavor and chewy texture and that makes it a perfect ingredient for tea.
Four Beans (Azuki, Black Beans, Sword Beans, Green Beans)
Azuki beans, according to Hokkaido Food Library, are considered one of the oldest foods consumed in Japan as they have appeared in Japanese mythology as well as excavated from an over 3000-year old ruins. In Japanese cuisine, they are widely accepted as a food of celebration. Not only Azuki beans are rich in dietary fibre, they are loaded with nutrients like potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B.
Others (Tumeric, Ginger, Orange Peel)
Tumeric, ginger and orange peel are well known for anti-inflammatory and help in boosting immunity
Put a tea bag into a cup and pour boiling hot water (200ml). Let it steep for 2-4 minutes. Drink it slowly and enjoy the natural flavor