Kumquats

Kumquats

  • +Description

    The kumquat is related to the Citrus- family. The kumquat originates out of the centre of China. The outside is eatable and bitter/sweet, while the flesh is bitter/tart. Kumquats are yellow/orange and either oval or round in shape depending on the variety.

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    Kumquats are available from Israel, Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay and Spain

  • +Main nutrients

    Calcium, Potassium, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A,B and C.

Main varieties

  • Kumquats

    Kumquats

    Kumquats are low in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium and full of vitamin C.

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Preparation

Preparation

It is not necessary to prepare Kumquats because the skin is also edible. However they should be washed before consuming.

Consumption

Kumquat is most commonly eaten out-of-hand. The fruit is ideal to add into salads and desserts. Kumquats are also used to make jellies, jams and marmalades and are often pickled. Some people freeze them and use them like ice cubes in drinks.

When to eat

The fruit is ripe when the skin has turned bright yellow/orange. When the skin is still a bit green the fruit can be ripened at room temperature.

Did you know?

  • Kumquat means ‘gold orange’ in Chinese.
  • Although many kumquat trees are grown for their fruits, they are also used as ornamental plants because of their attractive, shiny leaves and delicate flowers that bloom in the summer.
  • 8 Kumquats contain only 100 calories. Thus, they offer a rather sweet alternative to other less healthy snack foods.