The health benefits of kumquat are very good as this fruit provides a valuable source of vitamin C which helps to strengthen the immune system, preventing flu, illness and even harmful diseases.
Vitamin C is essential as it keeps our bodies strong and energized which is important, particularly during stressful times when we can feel run down and experience symptoms such as fatigue, tiredness, low mood and skin problems.
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Other vitamins in kumquat include vitamin A, but the content isn't as high vitamin C. Nutrients and minerals in kumquat includes calcium, iron, phophorus and riboflavin.

This fruit also provides great health benefits as Kumquat provides a good source of dietary fibre which can assist controlled healthy weight loss as it positively encourages the function of the digestive system.

Kumquats are low in calories, slightly higher in carbs, and a very good, small healthy fruit whether its eaten raw, fresh, preserved or cooked. The amount of calories in kumquats depends on the method the fruit is served or cooked, for example if the fruit is served in syrup, obviously it will contain more calories. This fruit is extremely low in fat. The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of kumquat calories and carbohydrates:

Calories in Kumquat per 100 grams (one kumquat weighs approximately 19 grams)
Fresh, raw kumquat - 71 calories / 15.9 carbs in kumquat

Kumquat is an unusual fruit which shares many similarities with citrus fruits such as oranges, except they are smaller in size. Kumquats do not belong to the citrus family, they are a member of the Fortunella fruit species.

The kumquat fruit is small, around 1-2 inches long, oval shaped with bright orange rind which is thin and edible. Like citrus fruit, this one also grows in segments on kumquat trees. The contradictory tastes of the sour flesh and sweet rind gives this fruit an unusual but delicious flavor. The name of the fruit, also known as cumquat, is Cantonese, the meaning of kum quat is golden orange.

Preparing and Cooking with Kumquat
The skin of a kumquat should be yellow to orange in color, with no sign of blemishes or markings. When storing kumquats, keep them in the refrigerator where their freshness will be maintained for several days. Wash the fruit under cold, running water before serving.

Kumquat can be eaten raw, either whole or sliced, as shown in the picture of kumquat slices above. This fruit is ideal for serving with ice cream, cheese or red and white meats such as duck. The fruit can be cooked with both meats and fish to give divine additional flavor. Kumquat is also ideal for making jam, marmalade, biscuit and cakes.

The whole of the fruit is edible and tastes divine, particularly as an additional ingredient to salad recipes, including winter, summer and fruit salad. There are some delicious kumquat recipes available such as poached kumquats - try poaching kumquats in syrup for a delicious treat!
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