Kumquat Mania…

tea_kumquat-ice-cubes-3

Herbal Tea with Ginger and Kumquat “Ice Cubes”

A hint of Summer: An early Spring iced tea I enjoyed recently in this gorgeous Southern Cali weather contained herbal tea with a zing of ginger. The kumquats were frozen and used as ice cubes for chilling, as well as lightly flavoring with the oils from its sweet rind. Slicing them works well, just like all citrus; You can enjoy most any frozen fruit as ice cubes — I especially like to use frozen berries this way. They flavor, beautify, and some sweeten; but with the advantage of being edible instead of simply melting ;). The kumquats, by the way, are also eaten whole — yep, skin and all. The only type of citrus which offers you this benefit — Nice and chewy ๐Ÿ˜€ It is actually the skin that is sweet! Just watch out for seeds ๐Ÿ˜‰

kumquats_bowl-37

Kumquats are one of the fruits that remind me of my childhood. But it’s different from the others in that I don’t recall eating these at all! There is something familiar, reminiscent…I don’t know, the fragrance brings back summer days in cut-off shorts and tees running around the neighborhood; fending off dragon flies; honeysuckle blossoms; sprinklers andย  jumping in and out of our neighbor’s pool (with our dog, of course) :D. There’s something in the very unique flavor of kumquats, too…can’t figure it out ๐Ÿ™‚

I used to confuse them with loquats, which are also delicious — that is, if you get a good one! If it’s from an uncared for tree, they are sour and awful; but a sweet one? Ooh, nice! There are loquat trees all over Southern Californian backyards ๐Ÿ™‚

As I mentioned, unlike most other citrus one of the coolest things is that you eat the whole thing (the cousin of the kumquat, the calamondin can also be eaten whole). With a sweet outside and the inside, tart, you get a delightful sweet and tart — not sour or bitter — flavor unlike any other. Very interesting taste and sensation — they are sweet, unique, and citrusy. Great summer treats. Pop them into your mouth to cool off. Grapes are another fruit great for freezing like this; little pops of instant sorbet ๐Ÿ˜‰

kumquats-161

If you do want to peel, it’s definitely a bit of work, but can be done. If you do not do it over a receptacle of some kind, you’ll really regret it; you’ll lose a lot of the juice. There are several pesky little seeds to be dealt with — be gentle ๐Ÿ˜‰

kumquats-34

kumquats_peeled-2

If you slice them in half the inside actually pops out cleanly…

kumquats-35

kumquats-37

I’ve been having them in my Green Juicie Green Smoothies lately, and they add their unique flavor with only a few added. What a refreshing change. ๐Ÿ™‚

*

I read about Meiwa Kumquats —

MEIWA KUMQUAT Beautiful quarter-sized, bright orange fruit cover a lush, small tree… Meiwa is a very different type kumquat… It’s larger and sweeter and has a more tender rind. It is the most preferred fresh-eating kumquat.


and tried looking for them to no avail. A friend saw some at his local farmers market and brought me some. Unfortunately, they were not Meiwa ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I guess the farmer wasn’t so honest; these command a higher price.

Meiwa are round and very sweet; these were the same as the above kumquats, which I assume are the Nagami Kumquats, which are 90% of the kumquats in California.

kumquat_1_closeup-3-copy

Still awful purty, though :D.

With my, now excess, amount of kumquats, I just washed them …

kumquats_bowl-copy

and stored in bags in the freezer. Lotsa kumquat yumminess this Summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooh, kumquat icecream and sorbet ๐Ÿ˜€

I never tried kumquatย  marmalade; though it may be something to try ETLized some day :). Should be easy enough. They contain a lot of pectin in their seeds; but I don’t think I’d cook it. Cooking fruit makes me cringe haha. A raw version should work, especially with the rind being so sweet already, it wouldn’t need to be cooked to cut the bitterness, nor sugar, for that matter. Sounds like a winner project to me ;).

Since I don’t cook and bake, I could use fresh kumquats in my salads; in dressings; relishes, and salsas (would be great for cranberry sauce); add to ptisans; my Green Juicie Green Smoothies;ย  and, yes, I even added them to my latest batch of cultured veggies!ย  Here are a couple…

cv_ap-4-09_-4

*

cv_ap-4-09_-9

I’m excited to try these. I used a piece of orange rind in previous batches, and the hint of flavor was delicious. These, containing the whole fruits (sliced, sans the seeds) are sure to be an experience! Can hardly wait ๐Ÿ˜€

Not too shabby a nutritional profile for these “little gold gems of the citrus family.” There is even an entire festival dedicated to ‘Quats in Florida. Gee I wish I coulda been a “Mz. Kumquat” contenda ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was surprised to learn there are so many varieties! I’m particularly anticipating that lemonkquat! A cross with a Meyer lemon…Mmmmmm ๐Ÿ˜€

I still hope to try the Meiwa; and I’m also curious about the Nordmann variety which is seedless! That would be even nicer ๐Ÿ™‚ I will most likely have to order those.

And of course,yummy kumquatade too ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a cute little vid on how to eat a kumquat. Notice the instruction to chew-chew-chew ๐Ÿ˜€

How to Eat a Kumquat

Mmmm…
kumquats-11

Kumquats! Try some ๐Ÿ˜€

Poxacuatl

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: