Grown in France (Corsica and Provence), the kumquat is harvested in spring. It may also be imported from Israel.
Nutritional value of the kumquat
Low in calories (60 kilocalories per 100 grammes), kumquats are a good source of vitamin C, carotenes and flavonoids. The kumquat is also very rich in potassium and fibre.
There are several species of kumquat which differ in the shape and colour of the fruit, for example :
- Fortunella japonica which has round and orange fruit with sweet flesh;
- Fortunella margarita which produces oval yellow-orange fruit with acid flesh.
The smallest of all citrus fruit (from two to five centimetres), the kumquat has very large pips relative to its size. Its flesh and peel can be eaten.
Kumquats can keep for six or seven days at room temperature depending on the ripeness, and up to three weeks in the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator.
The kumquat is a small, orange citrus fruit. © Aconcagua/Licence Creative Commons