Previously, I mentioned my cold, and one of the things I do to try battle it, is by drinking Yujacha!
I am drinking quite a lot of this at the moment, allegedly it’s good for a cold but I also like the taste and smell of it.
When I first saw these pots in the Korean supermarket, next to the boxes of green and other teas, I thought it was some sort of random Korean shelving strategy (like in UK supermarkets, they always put the brand products on eye sight level, and all the breakfast products in the same (group) of aisles). I thought “hmm, marmalade next to tea, how odd?” But when I looked closely at the label, it DID say tea!
Of course I’m always happy to try out new products (especially when they have some translated instructions, which luckily was the case) so I took it home and sort of forgot about it until this month. But Autumn has started, and with it lots of rain….and the associated colds and coughs…I’ve been sniffling quite a lot and have been in search for comforting food and drinks.
Time for the Yujacha!
Yujacha or yuja cha is a traditional Korean (herbal tea) made from the citrus fruit yuzu (i.e. not lemon as the translation on the pot says!). It seems very similar to how marmalade is made, the fruit is thinly sliced, peel and all and combined with honey or sugar to be preserved. The end result looks like a jelly/jam/marmalade with floating bits of peel and even pips.
I think you can drink it hold and cold, but I have only been making hot drinks with it, just stirring a table spoon in a mug of hot water. The jelly/jam/marmalade dissolves in the water and the peel is very soft so you can just drink/eat it. It has the most gorgeous smell, bit difficult to describe but a sort of warm, lemony smell with a spicy undertone (note, there are no spices at all in it, it’s just in the smell).
Yuja cha is good for colds, coughs, headaches and chills because it contains a lot of vitamin C and it helps soothe the inflammation in throats. Fingers crossed it will help!