Australian yuzu growers make big money off ‘ugly’ fruit from Asia

Updated July 13, 2018 12:16:59

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It’s the odd lemon-like fruit which is prickly to pick and has a flavour difficult to describe, but yuzu is highly prized, particularly in Japanese cuisine.

Yuzu (Citrus junos) Looks like lemon but tastes like mandarin orange and grapefruit Grown on small trees with long thorns

While most citrus fetches prices less than $500 a tonne, yuzu growers are getting as much as $25,000 a tonne, or $25 per kilogram, at the farm gate.

Shaun Arnold wears heavy-duty welding gloves to pluck the small yellow fruit off his thorny yuzu trees at Waikerie in the Riverland.