What is a kumquat you say? A kumquat is a small citrus fruit. The rind is sweet and the inside is sour. After the seeds are removed it is eaten whole, skin and all. The season for kumquats lasts from about November through March. In the United States they mostly grow in Florida.
Though we live in Michigan, kumquats have been part of our Christmas tradition since I was little girl. My dad discovered them in the grocery store, and used them to create a "fancy" drink for the kids.
Things really took off when we discovered we could buy 5 and 10 pound boxes of kumquats from www.kumquatgrowers.com. We started experimenting with all the things we could do with kumquats. We've made everything from kumquat cookies, bread, and ice cream, to kumquat hot sauce.
Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to do much cooking this Christmas, so that left me with a lot of leftover kumquats. My solution? Kumquat marmalade!
- 5 cups chopped and seeded kumquats (I like to use the food processor for this. First cut them in half and take out the seeds, then put them in the processor. It will smell absolutely wonderful when you open the lid!)
- pulp of 2 oranges
- 5 cups water
- 1 package reduced sugar pectin. ( I like to make my jams and marmalades reduced sugar because I feel the sweetness in full sugar recipes overpowers the flavor of the fruit.)
- 4 cups of sugar
Add one package of reduced sugar pectin and four cups of sugar. Bring to a rolling boil and let it boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
Ladle into sterile jars and seal. For canning new comers, some canning basics can be found here.