What kind of fruit is a kumquat

How do you eat a kumquat?

The kumquat, which comes from Asia, looks like a mini orange. (Photo by: © olyina / fotolia.com)

The heat-loving plant originally comes from Asia (China). Today the kumquat is also grown in Africa, America and southern Europe (southern France).

The kumquat is about 5 inches long yellow-orange plum-shaped or round fruit. It is also called Dwarf orange or Dwarf pomeranian denotes and is one of the citrus plants.

The Bowl of the kumquat tastes bitter and sweet. The pulp, on the other hand, is bitter to sour (similar to a lemon). The large edible kernels of this fruit are distributed in the flesh, which is divided into six segments.

Info: With this fruit you can eat the pulp, the skin and the stone.

This is how you are kumquats

  • The kumquat is consumed raw as fresh fruit.
  • It is usually eaten whole with the shell and the kernels. Therefore, you have to wash the fruit thoroughly with cold water.
  • After that, the style approach should be removed.
  • If you don't like the stones, you should cut the fruit in half and remove the stones with a knife.

Tip: If you take the fruit of the kumquat in your hand and roll it back and forth in it, the peel unfolds its special scent and becomes sweeter and less bitter. Rolling it in your hand causes essential oils to loosen from the shell and make it softer.

Info: Overall, the kumquat tastes a little bitterer than a normal orange.

Maturity and storage

When the kumquat is offered here, it is ripe and can be consumed.

It can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks - frozen it can even be enjoyed for 5-6 months.

Info: A kumquat tree can also be grown as an ornamental wood or houseplant with us, and if it grows well it also bears edible fruit.


Like many other exotic fruits, the fruits are the kumquat rich in vitamin C.. They're also high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and a little copper.

Use in the kitchen

  • In addition to consumption as fresh fruit, which is valued by gourmets for its fruity, tart taste, the kumquat is also used to make jam, compote, jam and jelly.
  • The kumquat is also fond eaten dry.
  • Even with rum, the kumquat is a pleasure when it is placed in a rum pot with pears, pineapple, mango, lychee or prickly pear.
  • Their taste is also very suitable for making cocktails.
  • It is an excellent way to refine desserts, fruit salads and sweets.
  • Wrapped in chocolate, the kumquat is a particularly delicate delicacy. You can also soak them in sugar syrup.
  • When baking, the kumquat can be used instead of orange peel, also ground. There are many recipes for this exotic fruit.
  • Halved kumquats can be filled with whipped cream or marzipan, for example.
  • For lovers of alcoholic enjoyment, we recommend placing the kumquats in whiskey together with a cinnamon stick, similar to the rum pot. This whiskey pot stays there for four weeks.

A few recipe tips:

Info: In this country, the fruit is valued less for its taste, but more for its external appearance. The kumquat is therefore ideal for decoration.

On every cold buffet, on cold platters, meat and fish dishes and on the plate, the kumquat is always an eye-catcher, both as a whole fruit and sliced.

Info: Kumquats go well with all dishes in which one would use oranges.

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