All about Kumquats
You may have seen these small, oblong, rather mysterious orange fruits at your grocery store or farmers market. Did you know…
- Kumquats are a citrus fruit. In fact, they are the smallest citrus fruit. (UF/IFAS Plant Identification Learning Module 2009).
- Kumquats are the only citrus fruit that can be eaten whole—no peeling required! The inside of the fruit is tart, while the outside is sweet (FDACS 2015).
- Kumquats are an excellent source of fiber (Percival and Findley 2014).
- Most Florida kumquats are grown in Pasco County (FDACS 2015).
- Kumquats originated in eastern Asia (Encylopaedia Britannica Online 2015). Kumquats grown in Florida are considered a very sustainable crop (Andersen, Williamson, and Olmstead 2012).
Andersen, P. C., J. G. Williamson, and M. A. Olmstead. 2012. Sustainability Assessment of Fruit and Nut Crops in North Florida and North Central Florida. HS765. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Accessed November 3, 2015. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg367
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “Kumquat”, accessed December 03, 2015, http://www.britannica.com/plant/kumquat
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). 2015. “Kumquat.” Accessed November 30, 2015. http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Food-Nutrition-and-Wellness/Living-Healthy-in-Florida/Healthy-Learning/All-About-Florida-Products/Kumquat
Percival, Susan S., and Brooke Findley. 2014. What’s in Your Tropical Fruit? FSHN 07-08. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Accessed November 30, 2015. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fs144
UF/IFAS Plant Identification Learning Module. “Kumquat (Fortunella spp.).” Accessed November 30, 2015. http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/mastergardener/outreach/plant_id/fruits_nuts/kumquat.shtml
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