March is such an interesting time of year for seasonal eating: Fall and Winter fruits and veggies are still hanging around the markets, and fresh Spring produce is making an appearance as well. Soon you'll be stocking up on asparagus, artichokes, and strawberries, but consider taking advantage of the last vestiges of the colder season while you still can with tiny, sweet-tart kumquats.
The diminutive fruit is in season from January through April, and although it resembles a miniature orange, it may not be a citrus fruit at all — the jury is still out, but some scientists believe it belongs in its own genus, called Fortunella. A kumquat's flavor is almost like an inside-out tangerine; the edible rind is surprisingly sweet and mild, while the flesh is mouth-puckeringly tart. To maintain their sweet/tart balance, kumquats are typically used whole. A few ways to enjoy them, when you read more.
Here are some fun ways to incorporate kumquats:
- Snack on them whole! Kumquats are low in calories and high in fiber.
- Use them as garnish in beer, cocktails, or punch.
- Slice them and add them to salads for a little extra zest.
- Candy them, then use as an ice cream topping.
- Combine them with other citrus fruits to make a flavorful marmalade.
Do you eat kumquats? What's your favorite way to enjoy them?
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