Kumquats are small citrus fruits that are native to south Asia that are in the same plant family as other traditional citruses (like oranges, lemons, limes, etc.). Compared to other fruits that have been around for thousands of years, it appears that kumquats were first documented as being cultivated in the 12th century. If you’ve ever had a kumquat, you know they have a uniquely tart flavor that adds pizzazz to any dish! I love my Citrus, Fig, and Walnut Salad.
Since kumquats are eaten whole, they are an awesome source of fiber (all that fibrous peel!). Plus, they are ultra-rich in vitamin C, with 100g proving over 70% of your RDV!! Otherwise, kumquats contain only small and trace amounts of dietary vitamins and minerals. Kumquats are also a good source of phytonutrients, including flavonoids.
Kumquats are winter fruits in tropical environments, so you’re more likely to find them at the grocery store during this time.