Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Little Kumquat!

I am a self-declared CITRUS FREAK!!! I LOVE ALL types of CITRUS!  AND... I love my cousin Ron and his wife Ellie!! Look what they brought us a couple of weeks ago when they came up to visit!
CITRUS, glorious CITRUS!!!
Who can name the various citrus fruit in the photo?
This photo was taken after we had eaten a week's worth
of citrussy goodness!
(Is "citrussy" a word? Spell check just said NO! Well, I don't care!)

The LEMONS were the juiciest I'd ever seen!
So I made some of THIS!
There is nothing like fresh, hand squeezed lemonade from lemons that came right out of your yard.
(Or in this case, right out of your cousin's yard!)
And Ellie, I did it the way you taught me!
Good thing I live in the sunshine state huh,
seeing my affection for citrus!

Some of the fruit in the top photo are KUMQUATS. They are cute, diminutive fruit with a cute name! Did you know we have a "kumquat festival "annually in a little town near us? You can read more about it here and see photos of art, and miscellaneous items.

Kumquats are either members of the citrus family, or they're not. While kumquats resemble miniature oranges, they are often classified in their own genus, Fortunella. However, many botanists classify kumquats as citrus fruits.
Kumquats are native to China, and their name comes from the Cantonese kam kwat, which means "golden orange." They are a symbol of prosperity and a traditional gift at Lunar New Year, which is why they are a common sight in Chinese households and shops this time of year.

They are so cute! but don't bite into one expecting delectable sweetness, like a perfect orange
 OH NO! You'll be rudely awakened with a sour face. First off, you don't peel Kumquats. You just bite into them! yep, peeling and all! I prefer to not eat them but use them in cooking to add a little something to a savory dish. I tried baking them in the roaster pan with my chicken, onions, potatoes, and carrots. We loved it! I've noticed one popular recipe which crops up a lot when you search "kumquats" is chutney. I need to try that next.  But they are cute aren't they? I can see why someone coined the phrase "My Little Kumquat" as an expression of affection for someone they thought was just oh so cute!

Agustin tried one at cousin Ellie's urging. His reaction?? I'll just say it was the same reaction that food blogger Susan Russo had when she was first introduced to Kumquats.

"I bit into the kumquat, and it initially tasted like an orange rind, only sweeter and more delicate. Then my teeth sunk into the juicy flesh and — POW! — a jolt of tartness hit my taste buds. Involuntarily, my cheeks sucked in, my lips puckered, and my eyes watered. (I had a visceral reaction just writing that sentence.)
The farmer looked at me, hesitatingly. I smiled at him and said, "I'll take a basket, please." When you have a sensory experience that explosive, you want to have it again."

Soooo-YOU'VE NEVER TRIED A KUMQUAT? Why not check out the link below and order yourself some! They lose their acidity when used in savory dishes! Honest!


Kathy said...

We are citrus lovers here too, Pam. When I was expecting Bethany I craved tangerines. We happened to have a tangerine tree in our front yard, and it was in season. Good times!!! : ) Blessings, friend. I'm glad you're posting again. There's so much about daily life that really is worth posting about, and just simply remembering.

Happy Elf Mom said...

Never had one! And a whole festival near you!! :) yay! Do post pics, willya?