Oranges may be the fruit most traditionally associated with Christmas, but this year British citrus enthusiasts might be hoping to find a yuzu in their stocking.

First used as an exotic ingredient in high-end restaurants, the fruit can now be bought fresh at specialty shops when in season or year-round as a juice in major supermarkets.

While yuzu tends to be added to powders and sauces in Japan, in Britain it is often used in place of more common citrus fruits like lemons or limes to accentuate cocktails, desserts and fish dishes. It has even appeared on the hit TV show "The Great British Bake Off," in which amateur bakers vie to impress judges. The Japanese fruit has become so popular and expensive in Britain that people have even started to grow their own.