Kumquats are little citrus taste bombs, packed with vitamin C that you eat whole, no need to peel. They look like small, squished oval oranges, and are great as a snack, added to fruit salads, served with vanilla ice cream and as an ingredient in marmalade.
THE LEMON GROVE CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR: DECEMBER 17
Hot Kumquat Christmas Sauce
Here is an adaptation of a recipe from Good Housekeeping magazine that would be delicious drizzled over your hot Christmas pudding.
450 gm kumquat, sliced in half, lengthways
200 gm caster sugar
450 ml water, will need this twice
1 stick cinnamon
Generous grating of nutmeg
2 whole cloves
50 gm chopped unsalted pistachio nuts.
How to …
Place kumquats in a pan of cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 10–15 min or until soft.
Drain, return the fruit to the saucepan with the caster sugar, water, cinnamon stick, cloves and nutmeg.
Gently bring to the boil and bubble for 20min or until the liquid is reduced by half and syrupy.
Add the chopped unsalted pistachio nuts and serve warm.