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Let me introduce this little mini fruit originating from Asia, the Kumquat!

So, what are they?

Kumquats basically look like miniature oranges. They are classified as Fortunella and are related to citrus fruits. The skin is edible and tastes pretty much like a sweet delicate orange rind. The flesh is juicy but very very tangy and tart!!

What to do with these kumquats?

  • Can be eaten raw or cooked
  • Turn them into candied kumquats
  • Preserve in sugar syrup or salt
  • Use as toppings on desserts
  • Make into marmalades or jams
  • Slice and put into salads
  • Make into chutneys
  • Add to cold water in place of lemon
  • Add to hot or cold tea

As a starter, here’s a suggestion: Kumquat tea!
Drink can be served hot or cold. It’s very refreshing and thirst quenching when served iced cold. It also works well as a home remedy for colds or sore throats when served hot.

Kumquat tea


  • 10 kumquats
  • Honey or rock sugar (optional)


  1. Rinse the kumquats in cold water. Slice them into halves.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the kumquats into a pot.
  3. Add the remaining pulp into the pot as well.
  4. You can either pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for a few minutes or add water and bring it to a boil.
  5. Add honey or rock sugar if you want it to be sweet.
  6. Drink warm or cold.

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