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This kumquat is slightly different than those that may be more familiar in North America. The fruits are two to three inches in diameter, and are rounder. The rind is thin and orange or light gold, and covers an orange flesh divided into five to eight segments with a few seeds. The flavor is sweet and tart, though not overwhelmingly so.
Fukushu kumquats are available year-round with peak season in the cooler winter months.
Fukushu kumquats a large, relatively modern variety of kumquat from Japan. This species, Fortunella obovata, has a compact growth habit and glossy leaves, which makes it popular as an ornamental citrus. While the exact origin of Fukushus is unknown, they are thought to be a random hybrid of two other kumquat parents. It is also sometimes known as the Changshou kumquat.
Kumquats are high in Vitamin C along with most other essential nutrients such as Vitamin A and potassium. The healthy qualities of kumquats make them good anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial foods.
Unlike most other citrus, Fukushu kumquats can be eaten whole, including the rind and seeds. They make a great raw snack, but can also be cooked into jelly, marmalade, or baked goods. They are good additions to salads as well. Kumquats may be candied or pickled whole. The best fruit will be free of blemishes. They should be stored in the refrigerator before use.
Kumquats are part of some folk remedies in Eastern Asia, such as the use of preserved, salted kumquats mixed with hot water to cure a sore throat. They are also part of New Year celebrations, like many citrus varieties. In Vietnam, for example, kumquat bonsai trees are a common New Years decoration.
Kumquats originally come from China and southern Japan and were called "gam kats." In 1864, an English citrus collector named Robert Fortune brought them to Europe and North America from Asia. Their scientific genus classification was subsequently changed to Fortunella. Fukushus are a more recent Japanese development.
People have spotted Fukushu Kumquats using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
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