Kumquat is a Chinese word meaning Gold Orange. In Japanese, you don’t say Kumquat at all, but Kin Kan. In both of these places, it is common practice to carry a ripe fruit such as the kumquat in the hand or place it in a dish on table to perfume the air of a room. The Kumquat serves this purpose well with its typical citrus aroma that emanates from the oil in its peel.
This fruit also comes with a truly unique flavor – sweet peel paired with a very tart juice. It is the only citrus fruit that can be eaten “skin and all.” While the seeds aren’t eaten,they also contain pectin, which can be using in making jams and jellies.
After the jump, get growing tips and recipes for this delicious fruit.