Yuzu vs Lemon: How the Citrus Fruits Differ

Yuzu is a plant native to East Asia that belongs to the genus Citrus of the family Rutaceae. It is an evergreen small tree blooming in May or June, bearing fruit in Autumn.

Japan is actually the largest producer and consumer of Yuzu, where the citrus fruit is as familiar as lemon.

Yuzu vs. Lemon

Yuzu Tree with Fruit

But how does a Yuzu differ from a lemon? And how do Japanese people use it in daily life? This article will explain that.


Yuzu and lemon are both sour and acidic. But between the two, there is a big difference in aroma. 

While lemon features its refreshing scent, the distinctive Yuzu fragrance helps people relax.


Compared to lemon, Yuzu contains plenty of minerals and is bitter.

Nutritional Values

Yuzu vs Lemon

Based on this online document by the Ministry of Education of Japan, the primary nutritional values of Yuzu and lemon are as follows.

Nutritional Values (Per 100 grams)
Per 100 grams Yuzu Peel Yuzu Juice Whole Lemon
Calories 59 kcal 21 kcal 54 kcal
Water 83.7 g 92 g 85.3 g
Protein 1.2 g 0.5 g 0.9 g
Fat 0.5 g 0.1 g 0.7 g
Carbohydrates 14.2 g 7.0 g 12.5 g
Vitamin C 160 mg 40 mg 100 mg
Vitamin E 3.4 mg 0.2 mg 1.6 mg
β-cryptoxanthin 440 μg 15 μg 37 μg

Yuzu offers a lot of β-cryptoxanthin, compared to lemon, which serves as an antioxidant in the human body and prevents the aging of cells.


Yuzu Bath

Unlike lemon, for its relaxation effect, Yuzu is often used in the bath, for example, in Yuzuyu or bath salts.

Japanese beverage companies use Yuzu juice as often as lemon juice.

Meanwhile, Yuzu zest can be seen in various Japanese dishes and condiments, such as ramen, Sunomono, Nabemono, Shichimi Togarashi, Yuzu Miso, and Yuzu Kosho.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia ユズ )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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