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All About Kumquats

How to Buy, Store, and Use Kumquats




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Kumquats are tiny citrus fruits with a lovely, bright flavor and a fully edible peel. Kumquats are in season from January through March and sometimes into April.

How to Choose Kumquats

Buy kumquats with bright, smooth skins that feel a bit heavy for their small size. Avoid kumquats with bruises, cuts, or blemishes of any kind – the edible skin is more delicate and tender than that of other citrus fruits, and also more susceptible to damage.

How to Store Kumquats

Eat or use kumquats as soon after purchasing as you can – unlike other citrus fruits, kumquats don't have a long shelf life. If you do need to store them for a few days, keep kumquats in a paper bag or loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge.

How to Use Kumquats

Kumquats make a great snack or light dessert eaten out of hand, or added whole or halved to fruits salads. They are also a great addition to crunchy winter salads like Endive Kumquat Salad. They can also be preserved to great effect as in Honeyed Preserved Kumquats, which are delicious spooned over ice cream or plain yogurt. Or save their flavor in Kumquat Vodka or Gin. Kumquats can also be puréed and made into a luscious Kumquat Cream Pie.

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