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
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.
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
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.
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
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!