Kaffir lime / Combava/Chanh xù/Shi Shi Yuzu is a round citrus fruit that is about twice the size of a mandarin orange, approaching the size of a small melon. It is around 20 centimeters in diameter when mature, and is characterized by its very knobby, bumpy skin. It is a vibrant green when unripe, and a bright, sunny yellow when mature. The rind and pith are extremely thick. The inner flesh is fragrant, reminiscent of grapefruit. It is segmented, and yellow in color. However, the pulp is dry, rather than juicy, and has a sour lime taste. It contains very few or no seeds.
Available in the late fall and early winter months.
Shi Shi Yuzu are a Japanese citrus fruit. The name “Shi Shi” translates to “lion”, as the fruit looks resembles the mane and face of the large cat. Shi Shi Yuzu may also be referred to as Oni Yuzu, Sisi Yuzu, and Devil Yuzu. Shi Shi Yuzu is supposedly not related to the Yuzu. They are possibly a hybrid of citron fruit that has been crossed with papeda, or Japanese buntan fruit.
Contains vitamin C, and minerals like potassium, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Shi Shi Yuzu may be made into jams and marmalades. They are rarely eaten raw, as they are dry and sour. To use Shi Shi Yuzu, first cut away the thick flesh and remove the white, fluffy pith. The rind of the fruit may also be used to flavor dressings, such as ponzu. Shi Shi Yuzu may be stored for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.