by Rob Bleifer in News, May 28th, 2013
by J.M. Hirsch in Recipes, June 30th, 2011
Yes, clearly kumquats are a fruit you’ve seen in the market or on our shows, but many still have no idea what to really do with them. I truly love them. They have a huge, explosive orange flavor, but with the tartness of a lemon or lime. The entire thing is edible, from rind to flesh to seed (though I personally don’t enjoy eating the seeds), and they are great used in dishes ranging from savory to sweet.
But now I think it’s time to share an outstanding flavor combination with you all. This is something I’ve been making for years. I always thought it would be the signature at my dream restaurant/bar — the cocktail that would put me on the map.
Kumquats and cola. Really, no joke. Just cut a kumquat in half, squeeze the juice into the cola and then drop the fruit in. Give it a gentle stir and enjoy.
There’s really no way around it: Kumquats are an odd little fruit.
Visually, they resemble diminutive oranges, but they technically aren’t citrus. And unlike oranges, it’s the thin skin that is sweet, while the flesh is sour.
You probably won’t find bushels of them at the grocer, but most stores will have a few pints (they usually are sold in the same containers as cherry tomatoes) tucked away among the “strange” produce offerings.
And they are worth looking for. Here’s why:
In a tiny (about the size of a large olive), bright orange package, kumquats pack a puckeringly intense sweet-tart flavor that complements both sweet and savory dishes. They also make a mean cocktail.
Find out what you can make with kumquats »