Exotic Produce Highlight: Kumquats

January 16, 2020
| Created by Genevieve Daly, RDN, CD

Kumquats, also known as nature’s sour patch candy, are tiny citrus fruits which pack a sweet rind and a tart pulp. Although they look similar to other citrus fruits, they have a distinct difference – not only are you encouraged to eat the rind of the kumquat, but it’s the best part!

Kumquats are native to China and their name comes from the Cantonese ‘kam kwat’, meaning ‘golden orange.’ They were introduced to the US in the mid-19th century and are now grown in California, Florida, and Texas.

Kumquats are full of vitamin C and a good source of fiber, making them a healthy midday snack. When choosing kumquats, make sure to look for plump, bright fruit, free of blemishes or shriveled skin.

Here are a few ways to enjoy kumquats today:

  • Eat them plain. Make sure to chew the rind well – it gets sweeter the longer you chew!
  • Slice and add to salads. Try pairing them with bitter greens, such as arugula or radicchio.
  • Muddle into cocktails and mocktails for a sour twist.