Kumquats are beautiful little jewels of the citrus family. I came across a basketful of these guys in my local co-op, $7.79 a pound for organic Florida kumquats. A steep price but a handful goes a long way. We enjoyed them sliced into a green salad with lemon poppy seed dressing.
Kumquats take me back to working in Savannah for a locally owned garden center. We sold kumquats trees. They always sold better with fruit on them. So I made a rule that I could eat one kumquat a day until the little trees each had ten fruit, then I had to stop. I would wait until all the watering was done and the Georgia sun was strong before picking my one kumquat and enjoying it with a glass of iced tea. Not sweet tea mind you, I never could drink the stuff. Maybe if I'd lived down south for more than a year.
How to Eat a Kumquat:
Then just bite into the fruit skin and all. The inside is juicy like a tangerine and the skin is tender enough to eat.
When serving the kumquat as a garnish or in a salad it is often sliced into rings. Be sure to roll the fruit before cutting.
If you are lucky enough to have access to lots of kumquats or have the good fortune of a whole tree, there are many sweet and savory ways to enjoy your fruits: