1.This document is FCS8675, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Exte nsion Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: July 2002. Reviewed by Isabel Valentn-Oquendo, MS, RD, LD/N. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.eduThe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educati onal information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servi ce office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, Coordinator, Educational/Training Programs, Department of Family, Youth and Community Science s, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. FCS8679Florida Fresh: Kumquat s1Jennifer Hillan2You can buy delicious fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. You can also ask the person who grew it how to eat it! Because the produce is locally grown, it s fresh and costs less than at the supermarket. Enjoy some of your favorites or try something new! To find a farmers market in your area, call your county Extension office or visit the Florida Department of Agriculture s web site : www.fl-ag.com/farmmkt/city.htm.History and FactsKumquats are small citrus fruits that are an unusualblend of sweet (skin) andsour (flesh). You can eat the whole kumquat, but some peopledon t eat the seeds. Kumquat means golden orange. Dade City, Florida has aKumquat Festival in Januaryeach year. Just five kumquats have sixgrams of fiber, almost halfof the vitamin C we need each day, and only 60 calories!AvailabilityDecember through MaySelectionChoose kumquats that are firm and bright orange. Avoid anythat are soft or shriveled. StorageRefrigerate unwashed kumquats in a plastic bag up to onemonth. Uses & Preparation Rinse kumquats before using. Kumquats are often candied ormade into marmalades and jellies. They are also colorfuladditions to many dishes, such as chicken, pork, and fish.Enjoy them whole, like grapes, or add sliced kumquats tosandwiches and salads. You can also add pureed kumquats to sauces or bread, cake, and muffin mixes. For a fun treat, add kumquat pieces,chopped pineapple, and nuts to flavored gelatin!
F l orida Fresh: Ku m qua t s Page 2 July 2002What are Organically Grown Foods?Organically grown means that a food was grown without synthetic (man-made) pesticides or fertilizers. Natural pesticides and fertilizers were used instead. Organic andnon-organic foods are similar in taste and nutritional value.However, organic foods usually cost more. Nutrient Facts Excellent source of fiber and vitamin C Fair source of thiamin,riboflavin, folate, andpotassium Fat and cholesterol free Citrus SaladServes 4 4 cups spinach or other salad greens, rinsed and torn into small pieces1 grapefruit, rinsed, scrubbed, peeled, and cut into sections4 kumquats, rinsed, scrubbed, sliced, and seeds removed cup sunflower seeds cup reduced fat vinaigrette Blanch kumquats if desired. Add allingredients (except sunflower seeds)to large bowl. Toss to coat saladwith dressing. Sprinkle withsunflower seeds and serve. Hawaiian Chicken with KumquatsServes 6 4 chicken breasts, skin and bones removed, cut in strips cup brown sugar cup ketchup cup vinegar 2 tablespoons cornstarch1 small green pepper, chopped1 (8 oz.) can pineapple chunks with juice8 or 9 kumquats, rinsed and sliced Place chicken in casserole dish. Mix all remaining ingredients together and pour overchicken. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 F for 1hours. Serve over rice or noodles.Source: Kumquat Growers, Inc.To blanch kumquats, place in boiling water for about 20seconds, then quickly place inice water until completelycooled. Blanching mellows thetaste of fresh kumquats. To puree kumquats, cut in half, remove seeds, and place in blender. Blend on mediumspeed until smooth. The pureecan be frozen up to six months.One quart (about 25 kumquats) makes about 1 cup of puree. Kumquat Refrigerator PieServes 9 1 baked graham cracker pie crust 9" 1 (8oz.) container of fat free whipped topping cup pureed kumquat (see directions below) 2 kumquats, rinsed and sliced 1 (14 oz.) can lowfat condensed milk cup lemon juice Add milk and whipped topping to large bowl.Beat with mixer on high speed until creamy.Add lemon juice and beat until thickened.Mix in kumquat puree. Pour in pie shell andchill in refrigerator for several hours. Top piewith sliced kumquats and enjoy!Source: Kumquat Growers, Inc.