Have you ever tried kumquats? These dinky fruits, sometimes called Chinese oranges, are an unusual citrus fruit in that the skin is sweet and zesty, while the inside has a tart, fresh and acidic taste.
The versatile fruit can be eaten both raw and cooked, and adds a splash of colour to your menu come the colder months, from winter salads to cocktails. Here are our tips for how to eat kumquats and enjoy them at their best.
How to Eat Kumquats?
Unlike some other citrus fruits, kumquats can be eaten whole, like a grape, skin and all. Choose a kumquat with orange, shiny and firm skin, be sure to wash and wipe the fruit well to remove any dirt and pesticides, then roll it between your fingers to release the essential oils before popping in your mouth.
If you don't like the bitter taste of the seeds, cut the kumquat in half and remove the inside seeds inside prior to eating (although they are entirely edible if their flavour doesn't worry you).
HOW DO YOU STORE KUMQUATS?
Kumquats keep for a couple of days in the open air and up to two weeks if stored in a tightly sealed box in the refrigerator.
Much like other citrus, kumquats add a freshness to dessert time. Here's a recipe for a zesty kumquat tart from Serious Eats – no zesting and juicing required, as the kumquats simply get blended up to make the filling.
Kick up cocktails
And for all you cocktail lovers, if you want to kick up your winter tipple and go for some extra zing you can always try making a kumquat and pink pepper spritzer!