Are kumquats just oranges?
A kumquat is a small citrus fruit that looks like a mini orange. They are native to Southeast Asia, but are now grown across Asia and the U.S. While they are in the same family as the orange, and the word kumquat translates to “golden orange” in Cantonese, kumquats differ in size, shape, and peel.
How do you properly eat a kumquat?
Kumquats are best eaten whole — unpeeled. Their sweet flavor actually comes from the peel, while their juice is tart. The only caveat is that if you’re allergic to the peel of common citrus fruits, you may need to pass up kumquats. If the tart juice turns you off, you can squeeze it out before eating the fruit.
Can kumquat be eaten raw?
Most people eat kumquats raw — you don’t even need to peel them. Be sure to get rid of the seeds, though. You can also enjoy them: In jam, jelly, or marmalade.