Kumquats ripe for the picking.

Kumquats ripe for the picking.

Almost all our fruit trees got snapped off, shredded or blown over. But the leaves and fruit on the Kumquat tree made it through hurricane Matthew unscathed.

Now that fruit is ripening. And it’s refreshing to pluck a ripe one. Then eat it on the spot. Delicious!

The Kumquat is a thumb sized, oval citrus that’s eaten whole.

At first bite, the juicy, lemony flavor from the fruit’s center puckers the mouth. But then that sourness is quickly followed by the sweetness of the skin. The more it’s chewed, the sweeter it gets. A very interesting fruit.

They ripen during the winter. And I would buy and eat them when living in the frozen north. Growing Kumquats was a big plus for moving to the subtropics.


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One response to “Kumquats”

  1. -dBguy says:

    I harvested the last of the Kumquats today.

    It’s been quite a run with 2 of us picking and eating a handful almost everyday since mid October. That little bush has been a super star providing the most delightful fruits over such a long winter season.

    It’s a favorite. And I’ll miss it until it yields again next season.

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