University of Illinois Extension

K is for Kumquat

Kumquat is a little, round, orange-colored fruit that is related to lemons, oranges, and limes. Kumquats are used in fruit salads, preserves, jams and jellies. They can be used in place of oranges in many recipes. Usually they are eaten whole. Before eating, please squeeze the fruit between your fingers as it releases the oils in the rind. Kumquats are often eaten skin and all. They are the “little gems of the citrus family.”