Kumquat Marmalade

16 Feb

My favorite toast toppers are from fruits not native to this area: orange marmalade, lingonberry jam and kumquat marmelade.

Orange marmalade is a regular treat and change from the  mystery wine grape,  raspberry, peach and other home made jams in my cellar.

Lingonberry jam is a once yearly treat as jars imported from the european northlands are dear.

And kumquats?  Ooh, they are only in the stores about two months.  And they have gone up in price this year.  But a pound or two of them,  sliced very thin, seeds removed, put in a heavy bottomed saucepan with a little sugar and turned on low until the juices start coming out, then turned up to medium to bring to a simmer, results in a lovely, lovely tart-sweet marmalade you can not have for love not money.

Unless you live with me or make it yourself.

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When we visited my brother and sister-in-law a few years ago in February, they took us to play miniature golf at a place where there were lots of mature  shade trees.  They live in the hot south.   While we were tooling around, I walked past some head high shrubs/ small trees  and noticed small orange,  oval fruits littering the ground and covering the trees.

I called my sister-in-law over and she agreed they were kumquats.  We loaded our purses and pockets with as many as we could carry and ate them fresh for days.    Rose and her friends know of areas where Kalamonsi (tangerine-kumquat cross) trees are used as commercial business decorative plantings and regularly harvest those.  She says kalamonsi taste similar to kumquat.

It seems rosemary is also used regularly in the south as a decorative low-growing shrub in commercial areas.  I have harvested it in two different states from parking lot plantings.  Wash well before use!

Around here, there are lots of Juneberry trees used in commercial areas and in the past I have eaten my way to and from shopping.

One Response to “Kumquat Marmalade”

  1. origamifreak 20 February 2009 at 5:18 AM #

    Actually there’s a guy who sells interesting preserves and jellies at the Geneva Farmer’s Market from whom I’m in the habit of buying kumquat marmelade. So it can be had for money…

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