The kumquat. It is so cute and little that we just want to squeeze them!
How can you not be attracted to their tiny stature and cheerful orange coloring? Kumquats are a memorable citrus for more than their size. What looks like a baby orange is sweet, juicy and amazing and then suddenly lip puckering tartness strikes. You might experience something like this:
Kumquats are the healthy Sour Patch Kids. You pop the entire cherry-sized fruit into your mouth (skin and all) and enjoy the ever-changing burst of flavors. Small in size, the miniature citrus is a nutritional super star. They are rich in fiber and loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. The gold-skinned fruit is also a good source of potassium.
If you are a kumquat newbie here are some things you should know. You want to pick kumquats that are bright in orange color. Avoid any that have a hint of green. And once you purchase you can store them in the fridge and they will last up to 2 weeks. Plenty of time for kumquat creations!
The sweet skinned and tart fleshed kumquat definitely stands out among other winter fruits. Here are some kumquat-focused recipes to wake up your palate:
- Keep the kumquat joy for months to come by candying them with vanilla beans.
- Embrace the tartness of kumquats with this welcome morning nosh: kumquat tarts with almond date crust.
- Summer-ize your dip with this kumquat salsa.
- You’ll want to dress up your poultry with kumquats all the time after you try this oven roasted chicken with kumquat glaze.
- Our fancy toast obsession never ends. How does kumquat marmalade and goat cheese toast sound?
Have you ever tried a kumquat? What winter fruit are you loving right now?