Kumquats (Cumquats-British spelling) have been called "the little gold gem of the citrus family". The kumquat has a thin, sweet peel and a zesty, somewhat tart center.
The kumquat tastes best if it is gently rolled
between the fingers before being eaten, as this releases the essential oils in
the rind. Eat kumquats
as you would eat grapes (with the peel).
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The kumquat's unique flavor lends itself as
a pleasant addition to many food dishes, desserts, and salads.
The kumquat can be candied or kabobed with other fruits
or vegetables with meats, such as poultry, duck, pork or
lamb. It is also a favorite for jelly, jam, marmalade, salsa and
When picked with leaves, kumquats make
great winter holiday decorations and make a superb garnish for entrees and drinks.
Florida kumquats are available in
the produce section of larger food stores or citrus, fruit, produce and
vegetable markets from
November until April.
Gift fruit boxes of nagami kumquats can be
ordered direct. Call for prices and availability of miewa
families have been growing and packing kumquats since 1912