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Candied Kumquats


kumquat1smOur new home is situation smack dab in the middle of organic orange groves, literally in every direction. Some groves are privately owned. Some have long been abandoned, displaying tangled, untamed branches with plump winter fruit, shamefully never picked. But our favorite, the u-pick citrus groves just a mile down the road, are thankfully at our disposal whenever the trees are bearing fruit. Right now, they’re at their peak.

orange7_orangetreeWe piled into the car for the 2-minute drive and were greeted by miles of beautiful tangerines and kumquats. We of course had to taste-test before filling our bags, with kumquats being our favorite treat of the day.

Plucked right from the trees, we popped them into our mouths whole, skin and all — sweet with a tart finish, perfect for pickling or candied fruit. And that’s just what we did.


Candied Kumquats

Makes approximately 1 cup
Allergy info: soy-free, dairy-free, wheat and gluten-free

20 organic kumquats, washed and cut into quarters, lengthwise
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 tablespoon local raw honey
3/4 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of sea salt


In a medium saucepan combine kumquats, sugar, honey, water, cinnamon stick and salt over medium heat. Bring to boiling, reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes.

Strain kumquats; set aside. Reserve sugar syrup; discard cinnamon stick. Return sugar syrup to saucepan. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Cook until reduced by half. Return kumquats to pan; stir to combine. Transfer kumquats and syrup to a glass or ceramic container. Cover and refrigerate up to 7 days.

Serve with sharp cheese and salami, smear on a baguette, or devour all by themselves.

  1. Wow–I never thought to “candy” kumquats. I think I need to put this on my 2012 foodie bucket list!

  2. That looks so delicious Dawn! I love kumquats – made a tart recently :)

  3. They look delicious, but I’ve actually never tried a kumquat. Can you really eat the entire thing without peeling it? I suppose something that small would take forever to peel, but I never thought to eat citrus skin.

  4. i’ve had a kumquat once – wasn’t a fan…but i bet i’d like them candied!

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