What is Kumquat?

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Kunquat is an exotic fruit native to Asia. Tthe fruit looks like a small orange and is usually eaten raw. Sometimes, it is used to make jam and is now often used for desert by European chefs.

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What is Kumquat?

  1. 1. Kumquat Family : RutaceaeScientist name : Citrus japonica Other names : cumquat
  2. 2. Where Does It Come From?• The plant is native to Asia continent. They have been for long time cultivated in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and southeast Asia. They were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, collector for the London Horticultural Society, and shortly thereafter into North America.• They are slow-growing evergreen shrubs or short trees, from 2.5 to 4.5 meters (8 to 15 ft) tall, with dense branches, sometimes bearing small thorns• Depending on size, the kumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year
  3. 3. How To Use It? Kumquats are often eaten raw. As the rind is sweet and the juicy centre is sour, the raw fruit is usually consumed either whole—to savour the contrast—or only the rind is eaten.• Culinary uses include candying and kumquat preserves, marmalade, and jelly. In recent years kumquats have gained popularity as a garnish for cocktail beverages, including the martini as a replacement for the more familiar olive. Kumquats are also being used by chefs to create a niche for their desserts and are common in European countries.• The Cantonese often preserve kumquats in salt or sugar. A batch of the fruit is buried in dry salt inside a glass jar. A few salted kumquats with a few teaspoons of the brine/juice may be mixed with hot water to make a remedy for sore throats.

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