What is a Kumquat?
A Kumquat is an edible, orange-like fruit that is native to Southeast Asia.
Though it kind of looks like an orange in shape and color, it’s actually pretty small — about the size of an olive.
The name “Kumquat” comes from a Cantonese word that means “golden orange” or “golden tangerine”
What does a Kumquat taste like?
The taste of a Kumquat is distinctly citrusy. While the fruit is slightly sweet. The overall flavor is sour and tangy. On the Alder & Oak farm, some of us like to refer to them as “Nature’s sour patch kids”
The Kumquat’s peel is also edible and the sweetest part of the fruit. The sweetness and crunch of the peel combined with the tangy flavor of the fruit make them a really tasty treat.
When are Kumquats in Season?
Kumquats are in season from fall to spring ( November to April ), but the best time of year to buy them is between December and January.
Kumquats are ready when their skin is bright orange and feel heavy for their size. Avoid fruits with bruises or those that are green in color.
Kumquats and Chinese New Year
Kumquat trees are an extremely popular gift to give to family and friends on Chinese New Year. Many Chinese families display these little trees in their homes and place of business. When given as a gift, it is believed to bring wealth and prosperity. Trees with bright orange fruit are the most sought after to give as gifts.
How to care for a kumquat tree
Kumquat trees are evergreen trees that are native to southern China. They thrive naturally in warm, humid climates similar to south Florida. But with proper care, you can grow this tree in any climate when potted and placed indoors.
- Pick a sunny location. Kumquat trees love full sun and need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- Plant your tree at the right time. In warmer climates, you can plant your tree in late winter. Otherwise, plant by early spring for best results
- Water and mulch regularly. In order to develop a healthy rootstock, keep plants moist throughout the first month. Water your Kumquat tree thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch.
- Prune as needed. Kumquat trees have shrub-like foliage and generally don’t need much pruning. However, light pruning can help the plant grow thicker branches, which in time will help produce more fruit
We hope you enjoyed these interesting Kumquat facts. We highly recommend you give this fruit a try.