WHAT IS CUMQUAT?
Cumquats, (also known as Kumquats) were previously considered a part of the Citrus genus, but are now recognized as belonging to their own genus, Fortunella. Both spellings, Cumquat and Kumquat, are considered acceptable, with Cumquat being of British origin.
In addition to their small size, their peel is edible and actually much sweeter than the pulp and therefore are usually eaten whole as opposed to other citrus fruits which are usually peeled or sliced.
Filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds, the humble cumquat offers a range of potential health benefits.
But where do cumquats come from you may ask?
Their name comes from the Cantonese word ‘kamkwat’ (金橘), which means “golden orange/tangerine”.
Cumquats are native to China, from where they were introduced to Japan, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia centuries ago.
Chinese markets are known for their huge numbers of cumquat trees and fruits which are typically used as decorative indoor pieces, particularly during the New Year. Their beautiful golden colour and exquisite aroma are said to give off a sense of good fortune and prosperity.
Today, cumquats are also cultivated in warm regions of Europe, the US (especially California and Florida), South America, South Africa, India and of course here in Australia.
Whether you're a first-time cumquat enthusiast or a seasoned connoisseur, these flavourful and nutritious fruits offer a wide range of culinary possibilities. From adding a zesty tang to marmalades and jams to incorporating their unique flavour into savoury dishes, cumquats are a versatile ingredient sure to delight your taste buds.
With their high vitamin C content, anti-inflammatory properties, and low calorie count, cumquats are not only delicious but also provide health benefits. So, we encourage you to dive in and discover all that this humble fruit has to offer.