Shikuwasa-Gingerade (Okinawa Lime)

shikuwasa juiceThere’s an old saying in Okinawa that says, “When life hands you shikuwasas… celebrate with shikuwasa-ade.” Ok, they don’t say that, but they should. I was thrilled to find shikuwasa at the market this week. I’ve been eagerly waiting for them to show up this year.

Dainty little shikuwasa. Oh, how I love thee. It’s called an Okinawan lime, but I think it’s much tastier than lime. If lime and tangerine had a teeny tiny little baby, it would be named shikuwasa.

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I just had to make some refreshing juice with this. The tiny citrus fruits make this a wee bit time consuming, but I just love shikuwasa so much, it was worth it. Otherwise, just use these in place of anything you would do with lime.

The recipe:

  • Juice of 30 shikuwasas (roughly 6 tbsp) *substitute with lime and tangerine
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 4 tbsp honey (more or less to taste)
  • ½ inch nub of ginger

shikuwasa halvesI put everything in my blender and blended for 30 seconds or so.

The shikuwasa and ginger are great digestive supports, so bring this drink to your next picnic!

Pitta- use maple syrup or brown sugar, omit ginger

P.S. Use the rinds to start a new DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner.

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3 comments on “Shikuwasa-Gingerade (Okinawa Lime)

  1. I put my shikuwasa peels in a jar for my citrus vinegar cleaner yesterday! I’m glad you wrote this post because I’m still recovering from a cold and I know ginger, citrus, and honey are all beneficial. Now I know of a new drink to make!

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