Friday, June 17, 2011

Kumquats are a unique fruit with a wonderfully sweet, citrus flavour. Most people are wary of popping the first one into their mouth, expecting a backlash of sourness and are pleasantly surprised. The first one tastes ummmm... okay, the second one a little better and by the third you realize your eating whole little oranges skin and all but they taste great.

The rind of a kumquat is sweet while its flesh is sour, the complete opposite of a normal orange. The size of grape tomatoes they make a wonderful, healthy snack and travel quite well in your backpack or lunchbox. These are normally sold in clamshells like blueberries in your local supermarkets or bulk in Asian stores.

Kumquats should be stored in your refrigerator and not on your kitchen counter or fruit bowl. Due to the high sugar in their rinds they can break down and spoil quickly if left out at room temperature.  Good quality fruit should look visually appealing, green stems and their skins a bright unblemished orange colour. Sticky fruit and fruit with translucent skins have already begun to deteriorate and should be avoided.

Remember to wash this fruit before eating it, usually they have travelled a long way to get to your destination. You are after all eating the skin of a fruit which can get dirty and moldy in transit; but don't let this deter you from trying something new. Remember my motto "You have to try everything once or how will you know that you hate it!


  1. where can i buy them???

  2. Thanks for contributing to my blog. Depending on which city you live in... if they are not available at your local supermarket, kumquats can usually be purchased in chinatown. Please send me an email if you need more information.

  3. I just love 'em !! And now I've nearly finished the box I bought in December. I live near London, the local supermarkets don't sell them and I NEED some. Can you help

  4. LONDON REPLY: Hi Denise. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Usually this fruit can be purchased at wholesale markets, where small retailers go to purchase fruit for their stores. Such places like the Borough Market which is also open to the public Thursday thru Saturday. If not, someone (stall vendor) should be able to help you out.


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