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Kumquat

Kumquat

Kumquats are small, oval-shaped citrus fruits that are believed to have originated in China. They are known for their thin, smooth, and shiny orange skin and sweet, juicy, and tangy flesh.

Kumquats' seasonality varies depending on where they are grown, but they are typically available all Year round. These fruits come ripe, they are firm to the touch, have a bright orange colour, and give off a pleasant aroma. To store the fruit, they should be kept in the refrigerator, which can extend their shelf life for up to several weeks.

Kumquats can be eaten whole, skin and all, and are known for their unique flavour profile. Kumquats are commonly used in a variety of dishes, including: preserves and marmalades, where their tart flavour pairs well with sugar; cocktails, where they add a zesty note to drinks; and as a garnish for desserts and savoury dishes, providing a pop of colour and flavour. Additionally, the zest of kumquats can also be used as a seasoning in savoury dishes, adding a citrusy note to sauces, marinades, and dressings.

Kumquats are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and antioxidants. They also contain potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber. Eating Kumquats may also help with digestion, boost the immune system, and improve heart health. Additionally, Kumquats contains high levels of antioxidants, which may help to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. Kumquats are also low in calories, making them a great snack for weight management and overall health.