Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kumquat Confessions

One fruit I associate with this time of year and the approach of the Lunar New Year is the kumquat. The kumquat is an orange-gold oval about the size of my thumb with a sweetish interior and a tender, tart skin. As much as the cherry blossom and plum blossom blooms we begin to see most years around this time I connect the citrus with the promise of spring and renewal. The lively tang as I crunch through the whole fruit revives my palate and my spirit.

I tend to just eat my kumquats raw either whole as a snack or sliced to garnish other dishes. I'll try to do some research and find a few recipes using this fruit. In the meantime, if you have one of your own, feel free to post the link to it in the comments below.

1 comment:

shelly said...

Kumquats are among my favorite citrus fruits. I once made a baby tatsoi salad with kumquats. And I think kumquats would go very nicely with chicken. How about kumquat chutney?

Btw, great meeting you on Saturday! :)