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Cooking with Kumquat: Truly Delicious Kumquat Recipes to Try

Delicious Kumquat Recipes to Try

What can you do with a kumquat? Why, eat it, of course! Here are some of the best kumquat recipes to try that are loaded with tangy flavor and healthy for you!

Are you looking for new kumquat recipes? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over what to do with your fresh kumquats.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

Kumquat Recipes: A Guide

Kumquats are a citrus fruit from the orange family. They are available in the winter months. When in season, their sweet-tart flavor is appealing.

Try and choose plump and bright kumquats. Their peels should look taut and shiny. Store them at room temperature.

Kumquats have plenty of health benefits. Check out these recipes and make your own kumquat featured dish.

Green Salad

The tanginess of kumquats works well with many greens available in the winter. Slice, halve or chop one kumquat before adding them to a bowl of spinach.

You can also make an endive kumquat salad. Make a dressing with lemon juice, a neutral oil, and fresh herbs.

Fruit Salad

Chop kumquats up and add them to a fruit salad. Halve one cup of purple grapes and halve half a cup of maraschino cherries.

In a bowl, combine one cup of diced pineapple, half a cup of chopped pecans, grapes, and cherries. Mix in your chopped kumquats and enjoy! 

Roasted Cauliflower

Toast one teaspoon of coriander seeds with half a teaspoon of white peppercorns in a skillet. Toast them over medium heat for thirty seconds. After, transfer them to a spice grinder. Grind them after they’ve cooled then add to a bowl.

Stir in a quarter cup of extra-virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of minced garlic. Add two teaspoons of ground turmeric and half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper.

Cut up one head of cauliflower. Spread it on a large baking sheet. Drizzle the cauliflower with the oil mixture. Roast your cauliflower for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Scrape your cauliflower into a serving bowl. Add a quarter cup of chopped cilantro, four chopped kumquats, and one sliced shallot. Add these ingredients to your cauliflower and toss them. Serve this dish warm or hot.

Kumquat Compote

If you want to make something sweet, try making kumquat compote. Take five kumquats and cut each into four parts.

Place them into a saucepan with half a cup of sugar and one cup of water. Bring them to a simmer. Lower the heat and leave on for half an hour. Pour them into a bowl and let cool.

You can use this kumquat compote on toast, yogurt, or ice cream.

Adding Kumquats to Recipes

You can add kumquats to quick bread, cookies, and even cakes. For example, if you’re making a cake, process a couple seeded kumquats with the sugar called for in the recipe. Process these two ingredients in a food processor.

Do you want to learn how to grow your own kumquats? Check out our guide on growing kumquats in containers.

Want to Learn More?

We hope you found this article on kumquat recipes insightful. Take time to add kumquats to a recipe or make a fresh fruit or green salad.

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7 Amazing Ways to Use Kumquats

7 Amazing Ways to Use Kumquats

Are you wondering what to do with the fresh kumquats from your kumquat tree? Read on to learn about seven ways to use kumquats in baking, cooking and more!

They are the fun little fruit with the funny sounding name. We're talking about kumquats, a small citrus fruit with a big sweet-tangy taste.

Kumquats are indigenous to south China, but today they're grown in many parts of the world. They're in season from November through March and pack a serious nutritional punch of antioxidants, including vitamins C and A. Best of all, you don't have to peel these little orange pearls; the skin is entirely edible with a sweet taste!

If your kumquat tree is overflowing and you don't know the best way to enjoy your bounty, read on. Here are seven amazing ways to enjoy kumquats.

1. Add Kumquats to a Salad

Kumquats' sunny citrus taste will wake up your taste buds when you add them to a salad. They are the perfect balance for bitter greens such as radicchio or the licorice tasting fennel.

2. Turn Them Into Kumquat Jam or Marmalade

As a citrus fruit, kumquats are perfect for turning into jam or marmalade. A bonus is you don't have to peel and section them. Spread on bread or biscuits as part of a delightful breakfast.

3. Bake Kumquats in a Cake

Just like apples, berries, and other fruits, kumquats have their rightful place in a cake. Try an easy and moist kumquat ginger cake for a bright and beautiful cake you can enjoy with milk, tea, or coffee.

4. Roast Kumquats

Yes, you can actually roast kumquats in your oven. Cut them in half, toss them with a little bit of honey, and then roast on a parchment sheet-covered baking pan for a half hour at 325 degrees.

What can you do with roasted kumquats? They make a sweet side dish for chicken, duck, and pork.

5. Add Kumquats to Beverages

You can slice kumquats in half and add them to your favorite sweet cocktail, or even add a spoonful of kumquat marmalade to your drink. Or you can blend them whole with other citrus juices to make a kumquat puree.

Like a hint of citrus in your tea? Add one to your brewed tea instead of lemon.

6. Turn Kumquats Into Candy

The only additional ingredients you need to make sticky, gooey candied kumquats are sugar and water that gets boiled down. Store candied kumquats in a jar in the fridge, and eat them on their own or with desserts or ice cream.

7. Eat Kumquats Straight

Because their peel and pith are edible, there's perhaps no better way to enjoy kumquats then straight from the tree. Pick kumquats when they've turned completely orange. Leave any kumquats that still have green parts on the branches as these are still turning ripe.

They make a low calorie, tasty, and nutritious snack.

Kumquats Are Delicious and Versatile

As you can see, there's a lot you can do with kumquats. They make a great substitute for pretty much any other kind of citrus fruit.

Are you interested in growing your own kumquats or other citrus fruits?

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