A kumquat is a fruit that resembles a small orange. It has a tiny oval shape and is about the size of a large cherry. They do not need to be peeled, so you can eat the whole thing, skin and all. First, roll the fruit back and forth between your fingers with enough force to squeeze the fruit. This releases the oil in the skin making it look shiny. The oil has a sweet citrus smell and taste. If the kumquat is not rolled the peel tastes bitter.
A serving size is 10 small kumquats or about 2/3 of a cup and it is loaded with vitamin C.
Kumquats are often found in preserves or in fruit salad. They make a nice addition to chutneys or marinades for beef, pork or chicken.
For additional information on fruits and other fresh produce, see this list of nutrition articles on MissouriFamilies.org.
Contributor: Maude Harris, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573.545.3516