It’s kumquat season again. I’ve just bought 2 packets the other day. I love the bright colour and the cute look. It reminded me of my young days when we enjoyed eating preserved kumquats. They were really delicious. It also reminded me of Chinese New Year where a lot of families decorate their houses with kumquat trees bearing beautiful kumquat fruits because to the Chinese, the ripe kumquat fruit symbolizes prosperity.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, kumquat is very good for sore throat and cough. It can be eaten skin and all. My friends and I used to go round and pluck ripe kumquats from their trees to eat….a little sour but delicious. Kumquats are high in vitamin C, potassium and beta carotene.
I was so excited when I got home that I had to cook it immediately. After all the spicy food, I’m sure this one is good for me. Here’s my kumquat preserve recipe to share.
3/4C sugar (add more if you like)
Wash the kumquats and poke holes through the kumquat with a metal skewer. Put into a pot (preferably glass) with half a cup of water and let it boil for about 15 minutes. The smell would be so good by this time. Add the sugar and let it boil for another 30 minutes under low fire. That’s it.
You can eat it as it is, go with desserts or make into drinks. It’s just so delicious. I noticed that it tasted even much better the next day. I have almost finished all of them, just eating it like a snack or making into a drink.
The kumquat drink is very refreshing and delicious. I really love the smell and taste. I just put some of the cooked kumquats and syrup into a glass and top it up with hot water. Of course you can serve it cold too.
Have you ever tried kumquat? How do you cook it or use it? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
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