Thursday, August 2, 2012

Myth: Kumquats should be peeled before eating.

Answer: BUSTED!

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.

You can typically purchase kumquat fruits from December through June at many larger supermarket chains and at some ethnic grocery stores and markets. When purchasing kumquat fruits, make sure the fruit is firm to your touch and does not have any bruises on it. Once purchased, you can store kumquats in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Kumquats are also available canned.

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

Contributor: Maude Harris, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573.545.3516

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