Kumquats are a very small citrus fruit, family of the orange. Although there are different types of them, the one we usually find is the oval shaped one that is really small…almost an inch.
They are native from China and arrived to Florida from Japan in the 1800’s. We can enjoy them and get creative with them in the kitchen during the winter/early spring season, thanks to the ones that are grown in California and Florida.
As well as the orange they are rich in Vitamin A and C and the interesting part is that they are so tender that you can eat the grind and it’s not bitter as the oranges rind. If you become addict to them, as I am, you can snack them as if they were grapes!
The tree is beautiful and is also used as decoration for its dark green leaves and the bright orange color in the fruit.
In the kitchen, you could do basically anything you do with an orange with the kumquats…from jams, glazes, desserts, breads, salads, sauces…to adding them to a stew and with chicken, fish or pork, it goes perfectly. And the best of kumquats is that you slice them and you can décor any dish!!!!
You see…The Kitchen Doesn’t Bite, and neither do the Kumquats!!!!!