Two kumquat and a half a kumquat

How to select

Choose firm, unblemished kumquats.

How to prepare

  • Rinse kumquats under running water. 
  • Pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. 
  • Roll between your fingers to enhance flavor. 
  • Kumquats can be eaten whole or sliced per recipe instructions.

How to store

Store kumquats in a plastic bag in the fridge and use within one month.

Peak season

Winter, spring

Ways to use

  • Toss kumquats into a salad. 
  • Make homemade kumquat jam and add a citrus kick to your breakfast. 
  • Roast kumquats with honey and serve with chicken, duck, or pork. 
  • Eat kumquats by themselves as a quick, healthy snack.

Fun facts

  • The name kumquat comes from the Cantonese word for golden orange or tangerine. 
  • Kumquats are native to China. 
  • Kumquats are the smallest member of the citrus family. 
  • Kumquats are known as the "inside-out orange" because the inside is sour while the outside is sweet.

Nutrition info and facts

Kumquat seeds and peels contain omega-3 fatty acids. Kumquats are filling due to their high water and fiber content, but are low in calories. Kumquats are rich in vitamin C. The edible skin of a kumquat contains plant compounds with antioxdant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering properties.

5 whole kumquats = 71 calories, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 1 g fat, 6.5 g fiber, 6% RDI vitamin A, 73% RDI vitamin C, 6% RDI calcium, 7% RDI manganese 

Learn more

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