Kumquats have been called “the little gold gems of the citrus family” and is the only citrus fruit that can be eaten “skin and all.” The peel is the sweetest part and can be eaten separately. The pulp contains the seeds and juice, which is sour. When eaten together, you get a sweet and sour taste which is unlike anything else.  –Kumquat

Living in such a mild climate we are spoiled rotten that we get to enjoy such tasty (fruit) treats in winter.    One of my favorite winter (tr)eats is the kumquat.  If you never had these sweet n sour delights, you are certainly missing out!   I can’t help but pull a few each time I walk past the trees – popping in my mouth for a juicy snack.  Of course, Justin scolds me because I didn’t weight what I ate.    Yeah,  so add a few pounds!

Kumquats are rather easy to grow (not real fussy) and we have ours in a few whiskey barrels that are placed on the back patio (great patio plants and they give fruit to boot).

Not only are these little gems tasty, easy to grow but they pack a nutritional punch

Ten tiny kumquats (about 2/3 cup) are loaded with vitamin C (140%), not unlike other citrus fruit.But where kumquats really stand out is in their 48% of daily fiber — dramatically more than other citrus varieties.Plus their 4 grams of protein is about what you’d get in a handful of most nuts. Crazy for Kumquats

This recipe caught my fancy and, boy, it sure was hard not to eat spoonfuls as I doled it out into the jars – can’t wait to try it out on some vanilla ice cream!

Candied Kumquats

•    4 cups of roughly chopped kumquats (roughly 1-1½ lbs.)
•    1 cup of water
•    2 cups of sugar

1 With a pairing knife roughly chop the kumquats. Discard any seeds you can that are easy to get too, but they’re edible so don’t fret if some get chopped up or stay in the fruit. Feel free to leave any small kumquats whole.
2 Heat the water and sugar over high heat until it comes to a boil. Simmer for 4 minutes. Add the kumquats and simmer for 10 minutes.
3 Drain the kumquats through a sieve set over a bowl. Return the syrup to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the syrup. Combine the kumquats and 1/4 cup of the syrup together.

Serve or jar and refrigerate. Can be stored for up to two weeks.

Recipe courtesy


  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    Candied Kumquats sound like a real treat. I have not tasted a kumquat. We are pretty much limited to the basic fruits here. The stores will only provide what will sell and midwest folks are not too adventurous when it comes to food. With the inflex of Hispanic and other foreign nationalities there could be hope that our available fruit will expand.

    Have a great candied kumquat day.

  2. Chris Savage says:

    You have no doubt inspired many to do more with their lives. Count me as one too!! Amazing story….

  3. Joe says:

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  4. CE says:

    Are you planning to put back the link to chronological order of the site when the voteing is finished?

  5. Tracy says:

    Do you know if kumquats can be grown in “less tropical” environs? Like can they grow here if we put them in containers that can be brought inside in winter? What temperature do they need to stay above? How large do they grow? (I don’t see that on the linked information)

    • Chris says:

      Hi Tracy ~~ I was first exposed to the mysterious “kumquat” via Dr. Lee Reich at the Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association (NOFAMA) Conference. He lives in NY with a shorter growing season than me on CapeCod and YES he grows kumquats. Just like you said … Indoors in Winter, Outdoors when no threat of frost. Much like the bay tree or fig tree.

      Hence, my curiosity. It’s such a small citrus fruit which I have never had the pleasure of tasting I’ve seen it, but thought “why bother”. Then along comes this timely and wonderful post by Anais with “EVERYTHING ABOUT KUMQUATS”.

      Now I’m thinking, how long does it take to grow a kumquat from seed or should I put an established kumquat tree on my birthday wish list?

      How Wonderful is this website and How Generous is The Dervaes Family in sharing “the possibilities”?
      Who knew???

      Again, GREAT & TIMELY POST!!!!

      • Tracy says:


        Thanks, Chris! I think I’m going to try growing some!

  6. Anais says:

    @Julia: Thanks, already did! Please see/read my apology at

  7. Chris says:

    Thanks for the info growing kumquats, Anais! I had heard about some New Englander’s trying them and bringing them indoors in the winter with very good success. I’ve never had them and didn’t know what to do with them. Now you have me curious! It’s going on my wish list!

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