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Kumquat

Why Eat It
Availability
Shopping
Preparation
Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

Diminutive citrus fruits that are eaten skin and all, kumquats are as decorative as they are tasty. The egg-shaped orange fruits are about 1 1/2" long, and often come with the shiny dark-green leaves attached. Kumquat are an excellent source of vitamin C: A 3 1/2-ounce serving (about 5 kumquats) supplies 62% of the Daily Value in only 63 calories.

Availability

The best supply of kumquats is during winter, and they are available in supermarkets, Asian grocery stores, and gourmet grocers.

Shopping

Choose plump, shiny, fully-orange fruits.

Preparation

Wash kumquats very well before serving, since the skin as well as the pulp is eaten. To mingle the flavors of the sweet rind and tart flesh, squeeze the kumquats between your fingers before biting into the fruit. Add kumquat slices to fruit salads and use the whole or sliced fruit as an edible garnish. Try kumquats in cooked dishes that call for oranges.

Nutrition Chart

Kumquats/5 raw

60
Total fat (g)
0.1
Saturated fat (g)
0
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0
Dietary fiber (g)
6.3
0
Carbohydrate (g)
16
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
6
Vitamin C (mg)
36


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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