How are Kumquats used?
Kumquats can be used in as many ways as your imagination will allow!
Kumquats are eaten as a snack or with other food such as sandwiches to add an exciting tangy flavor. Kumquats are used in flavoring or garnish on other foods and are particularly good when cooked with chicken, pork, or fish. They add both flavor and color to the dish.
Baking with Kumquats
Fresh kumquats can be used in flavoring bread, cakes, cookies, pies, and cheese cake. Kumquats in sauces, marmalade, jelly, and glaze are exceptionally tasty and are a particular treat as a topping for bread, biscuits, and cakes.
Kumquat chutney is especially delicious served over cooked ham. Whole, preserved kumquats are served as a dessert in many restaurants as a specialty item. Many exciting kumquat recipes are included on this site.
The kumquat fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Frozen kumquat puree can be stored for six months or more. Kumquat puree is used in the making of jams and jellies and as a flavoring for ice cream, beer and other items.
Decorating with Kumquats
Kumquats are brilliant orange in color and are widely used for decorations. With stems and leaves, they are perfect for decorating dining tables, used as center pieces or added to fruit bowls. They can also be used as a garnish on a platter or individual plates. Fresh kumquats, without leaves, are sliced and added to fruit salads or fruit bowls. They can surround fish dishes or add visual appeal to other meats. They can be tied into swags, Christmas wreaths, and placed among other table decorations. Each decorating or cooking magazine seems to bring new ideas with each new edition!