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Kumquat Trees

Though experts believe that kumquat trees originated in China, this small funky fruit has a very mysterious origin! First appearing in Chinese literature in the 12th century AD, for a while people weren’t even sure if it belonged to the citrus family. But with its bright orange color and unmistakable sweet-and-sour citrusy taste, experts now agree that it definitely belongs to the citrus family.

Why so much confusion? There are two obvious factors that separate kumquat trees from, say, oranges. For starters, you can pop an entire kumquat into your mouth, peel and all! Plus, they’re about the size of olives. 

Keep reading to find interesting posts on this strange, snack-sized fruit!

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The Kumquat Tree Basics

For those of you who are still confused, let’s start with the basics of Kumquat Trees. 

All About the Kumquat

Learn about the history, characteristics, cultivation, and (most importantly) eating methods of the kumquat!


Growing Kumquat Trees

Already enchanted with these sweet-and-sour fruits? Then keep reading to learn how to grow them yourself.

The Delicious Oval Kumquat: Everything You Need to Know About Growing It

The Tasty Jiangsu Kumquat: Everything You Need to Know to Grow It Yourself

Though these posts are specifically about the oval and Jiangsu kumquats, read the growing guidelines to get a general idea of what it takes to grow just about any kumquat variety!

centennial kumquats in a dish

Harvesting Kumquats

Now comes one of my favorite parts about growing my very own kumquats!

Harvesting Kumquat Fruit: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Delicious Kumquats

As you’ll learn in the post, the most important clue to whether or not your kumquats are ready to be plucked is their look and feel (as opposed to a specific date). In the meantime, learn about the different factors that play into the kumquat harvest season.

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Kumquats in the Kitchen

Now is the time for my absolute favorite part about growing my own kumquat trees—eating them, of course!

How to Eat a Kumquat: The 2 Best Methods

When it comes to eating other citruses, consuming them fresh is pretty straightforward. But that’s not true for the kumquat! As I mentioned early, the peel is edible, and in fact, contributes positively to the taste of the entire kumquat. So how exactly do you eat one? Read the post above to find out!

Kumquat Preserves

Kumquat Tree Varieties

Just like other citrus fruits, kumquat trees come in lots of different varieties. Take a look at some of my favorites:

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Kumquat Cousins

If you like kumquats and kumquat trees, you’ll love their relations!

The Calamondin

The Indio Mandarinquat

Both the calamondin and the mandarinquat are closely related to the kumquat—in fact, they’re the kumquat’s child! Calamondins and mandarinquates both are the results of a cross between kumquats and mandarins

Case of Indio Mandarinquats

Kumquat Trees FAQs 

Are Kumquats Oranges?

As part of the citrus family, Kumquats are in fact related to oranges. They share a similar color and taste, but as you might be able to tell from the pictures, they’re much smaller! Besides it’s size, perhaps the biggest differentiator is that you eat kumquats whole, peel and all!

Can you cook with kumquats?

Yes indeed! Though obviously not as common as their more popular citrus cousins, kumquats are featured in a wide variety of sweet and savory recipes, including as garnishes, jams, and sauces.

How do you eat kumquats?

The short answer is that you eat kumquats whole! They’re loved for their easy snacking-size. For more information on their eating method, take a look at our post, How to Eat a Kumquat: The 2 Best Methods.

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A Funky Little Citrus

You might have noticed that we have less content on kumquat trees than we do for other fruits like apples and oranges. That’s because we’ve just gotten started gathering information on this funky little citrus, and we’re so excited to keep growing our resources. 

Bookmark this page and check back often, because we’re always adding new content! 

In the meantime, dive into some of my other favorite fruits: