Gettin' crazy at the Anderson house! Thanks Trader Joe's!
Kumquats ("golden oranges") are often eaten raw. As the rind is sweet and the juicy center is sour and salty, the raw fruit is usually consumed either whole -- to savour the contrast -- or only the rind is eaten. The fruit is considered ripe when it reaches a yellowish-orange stage and has just shed the last tint of green.
Kumquats originated in China, appearing in literature dating to the 12th century. They have long been cultivated in Japan, and were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, collector for the London Horticultural Society, and shortly thereafter into North America.
Despite Lauren's willingness to try new things (depending on the day!) she had to spit it out because it was too sour for her. I, on the other hand am loving them! Delicously refreshing as we limp through the final days of winter....can on for spring! And then we can REALLY start livin' large when the farmer's markets open again.