We proudly extract our Shikuwasa essential oil from green fruit grown in Amaraleja, Alentejo. Originally from Okinawa, Japan; Shikuwasa is a citrus fruit cultivated in the Ryūkyū Islands, Taiwan, and Guam. We extract the essential oil from a specially aromatic cultivar, not from selections known as Kugani. Extraction takes place before complete maturity, when the essential oil content is at its peak unlike in Japan where the fruit is harvested for juice when the fruit is orange and the essential oils are just a byproduct from the waste after juice extraction.
The essential oil of Shikuwasa is truly extraordinary, with a distinct mandarin-lime aroma. The fruit and leaf are especially rich in interesting polymethoxyflavonoids. It has characteristics that evoke memories of sour candy. Its fresh and green profile creates a complex aroma enriched with hints of coriander.
Experience the unmatched qualities of Shikuwasa essential oil and indulge in its delightful aroma.
At Essential Citrus, you have the opportunity to purchase freshly harvested Shikuwasa fruit during the months of October and November. This fruit is known for its abundant juice content and vibrant green color. It is specifically cultivated for juice extraction or the creation of fruit puree, which can be used as a poultice to reduce inflammation from arthritis .
You can also freeze shikuwasa fruit for future use.