With a sweet skin and a tart flesh, the kumquat stands out among other winter fruits.
A little trivia
- A popular Asian citrus fruit, its name translates roughly as "gold orange" in China.
- Dade City, Florida is the proud home to an annual kumquat festival.
- Because of their brightly colored skin and unique shape, kumquats make an excellent addition to a fresh centerpiece at the holiday table.
What they look like: Tiny and oval-shapped, the kumquat is about the size of a large cherry.
Selection tips: Choose firm kumquats that are bright orange in color; avoid those with a greenish tint.
Storage tips: Kumquats generally keep at room temperature for up to three days; they can last up to two weeks in the fridge.
How to eat them: Go ahead, you're supposed to eat the whole thing―skin and all―though you may want to pass on the seeds. Kumquats are often found in preserves or in fruit salad. They make a nice addition to chutneys or marinades for beef, pork, or chicken. Kumquats are also available canned.
Peak growing season: November to March are ideal growing months for this fruit
Health benefits: Kumquats provide potassium and vitamins A and C. They're also a good source of fiber.
Nutritional info per 100 grams: 63 calories, 6.6 grams of fiber, 0.9 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat (saturated), 6 milligrams of sodium, and 0 cholesterol.