I decided to buy some kumquats (also cumquats) at my farmer’s market because, though I’m familiar with them and their silly name, I’ve never actually tried them.
The idea of putting an entire citrus fruit in my mouth took a little while to warm up to since I associate the zest of lemons and orange peel with bitter aromatic flavors. This is probably one of the strangest mouth adventures I’ve been on since it was almost nothing like I expected. The peel was sweet but still had the bite of a traditional citrus fruits and the flesh of the fruit was delightfully sour. That part was over quickly though since the fruit is very small and I went back to the creamy sweet flavor of the peel. I would love to chop some of these babies up with some mint, red onion, crushed red pepper and vinegar to serve over almond crusted tofu.
I did end up doing something awesome with this for dinner but that’s for another night.
This is Christie, signing off!
I first had kumquats at a French restaurant – they were candied kumquats for dessert. We need to figure out how to candy a kumquat.
Agree! MM, I heart you.
I always eyeball these little perverted buggers whenever I’m in the checkout at my farmers market. You’re braver than me!
So you eat the peel? I think that is what threw me off, because I couldn’t figure out how peeling these would be any fun.
I’m with Izzy – I look at ’em and I just can’t buy them! What the h**l would I do with them?? But…I am really intrigued now.