I bought a kumquat tree the other day, it already has some fruit on it, so this is a new experience for me. These trees were brought to Europe from China in the middle of the 19th century. The kumquat tastes like an orange but you can eat the whole fruit including the peel. A kumquat tree is slow growing and doesnt grow very tall, the branches are light green, some may have spines on the branches. The flower is five parted with white petals. The tree can produce several hundred small orange colored fruits in the winter. If you open one up it looks like orange sections. There are 1 -2 seeds and are generally not eaten. There are several varieties of kumquats.
Some of the benefits of this grape size fruit are:
100 grams provides only 70 calories, but are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. The peel is rich in essential oils, anti-oxidants and fiber. The fresh fruit contains adequate levels of vitamin A, C and E. Kumquats are a small source of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. When buying the fruit be sure the skin is firm, smooth and bright orange color with the attached stem. They can be stored at room temperature for 3 – 4 days and in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks. You can enjoy kumquats fresh, candied, added into a salad and as a garnish.