Citron tea (유자차) is a traditional Korean beverage, which can also be directly understood as “honey citron tea”. At present, citron tea can be found in supermarkets in Taiwan. After the epidemic situation eases, if you have the opportunity to travel to South Korea, you must also taste the delicious and unbeatable citron tea!
The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming, so it is inevitable that citron will slowly start to pile up at home. At this time, you can consider making citron tea out of citron jam. Do you want to know how to make citron tea? Do you want to know what Korean traditional tea is? Do you want to know how to select citron, and what nutritional values it has? In today’s article, I will explain comprehensively for you!
What is Citron Tea?
What is Citron Tea?
Citron can be said to be a fruit that we can access quite easily in our daily life. It not only tastes very sweet, but also very refreshing and is rich in nutrients. Along with the great taste, the nutritional value contained in citron is capable of maintaining health, and that is why many people like to drink citron tea.
The Korean peninsula first recorded the ‘traditional tea’ recipe of citron in the 18th century book “Mountain Forest Economy”. The traditional tea in Korean culture is different from the type of tea recognized in Taiwan.
There is in fact no tea in Korean traditional tea, but rather made from fruits, grains, roots, etc. The ingredients may be single or blended, however, honey is added to most teas, such as Ginseng tea, Jujube tea, Mushroom tea, and Ganoderma Lucidum tea. These are all traditional Korean teas and are considered natural and healthy beverages, and are also part of the precious food culture in Korea.
Korean-style citron tea is made from “golden citron” and honey in Southern Korea, which looks like a jar of jam. When you want to drink citron tea, just add water and stir until the citron is diluted.
This is different from the Taiwanese version of citron, which is usually more sour, but nonetheless, if you want to use Taiwanese citron to make citron tea, there is no problem at all. So what are the benefits of drinking citron tea regularly? Let’s start explaining them one by one!
The steam from my cup of tea curls around me like a lover’s embrace.
Tea Classroom – Citron Tea
What are the Nutrients in Citron Tea?
Citron tea is rich in carbohydrates and vitamins, as well as vitamin B1, vitamin P, carotene, calcium, chromium, phosphorus, iron and other ingredients. Therefore, if you often drink citron tea, you will experience its benefits of aiding digestion, strengthening the stomach, soothing the throat and quenching thirst. In particular, the peel of citron tea is also a traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Drinking it will provide the functions of dispelling colds, eliminating phlegm, improving breathing, and the digestion of food. There are also many Chinese medicine practitioners who use grapefruit peel to treat coughs, digestive issues, chest tightness, nausea, and vomiting. At this time, adding honey can neutralise the bitterness of grapefruit and make the taste of Citron tea better. Citron honey tea is a cold property, therefore, people who are weaker should not have too much, and those who are prone to chills should not drink it on an empty stomach. It can be used to drink, or even frozen as an icy-treat in summer to cool off from the heat.
Citron tea doesn’t contain tea, it contains honey and perfume pomelo. The sweetness and fruity aroma are infused with each other, thus forming a pleasant taste. The citron itself is rich in carbohydrates and vitamins far more than other fruits. In particular, the content of vitamin C is 3 times that of lemons and oranges, which can support the liver, stomach, lungs, and can also clear away heat, relieve coughs and remove phlegm. In addition, beauty enhancement is also the reason why many people love citron tea.
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What are the Benefits of Citron Tea?
Spot Removal and Whitening of Skin – Citron Tea Benefit 1
Citron tea can penetrate into the deep layers of the skin through the rich vitamin C and vitamin P contained in citron, and the L-cysteine contained in honey, thus preventing the formation of pigment spots and effectively whitening the skin. Especially many people who love beauty will use citron tea for enhancing or maintaining their current state. Citron tea is favoured more in countries with advanced beauty industries, and is highly praised by many people within that industry.
Losing Weight – Citron Tea Benefit 2
Citron contains a lot of vitamin C and dietary fiber, which can effectively promote metabolism and eliminate toxins from the body. In addition, the honey contained in citron tea has the effect of regulating the intestines, so citron tea can help the body to excrete toxins, minimise constipation, and achieve weight loss.
Lower Blood Fat and Cholesterol – Citron Tea Benefit 3
The flavonoids in citron tea can improve the function of capillaries, increase coronary blood flow, reduce blood lipids and cholesterol, and are suitable for patients with cardiovascular disease and obesity.
The aroma of freshly brewed tea fills the air, inviting me to share a moment with you.
How to Make Citron Tea?
Ingredients: 500 grams of citron (wendan, white grapefruit) pulp, 60 grams of citron peel, 50cc of lemon juice, 150 grams of sugar, and 200 grams of honey (the ingredients can be increased or decreased according to your preference).
The method of making citron tea.
- Separate the seeds, white peel, and the citron flesh.
- Since the white of the citron peel is the source of bitterness, the white peel should be removed first in this step.
- Shred the citron peel and boil for about 10 minutes to remove the bitterness.
- Put the citron flesh and peel into a pot, place on the stove at low heat, and add lemon juice to help the jam take shape.
- Boil the citron flesh until it has large bubbles emerging, and stir occasionally to avoid burning.
- Pour in the sugar, heat and stir until dissolved.
- Bring to a simmer until it thickens, and the citron jam will become thicker as it cools.
- Finally add honey and mix well.
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Through today’s introduction, I believe everyone can clearly understand the benefits of drinking citron tea, how to make it, and why it gets so much love from people. In our life, more and more people drink citron tea. Especially for female friends, citron tea can be said to be the first choice for daily drinks + beauty! For weight loss as much as beauty, citron can be said to be a rare treasure in the world!
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