Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Kumquat


I'm very lost today! I have traveled approximately 300 miles to visit my mother in south Alabama. I'm on a lap top and the colors are very different from my other computer so nothing seems to look right.
My mother has several different kinds of fruit trees in her yard. I love these little kumquats! They are about the size of a walnut and very sweet. I go to the tree frequently during the day and pick a few to eat.

The kumquat is believed to be native to China. It's a citrus fruit and some are sweet and some sour. Probably depending on the type it is. You eat the peeling and all. In fact, I think the peeling is the best part!

44 comments:

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh the colors look good to me, what do they taste like, i don't think i have ever had one.

Andrea said...

I do not think I have ever heard of a kumquat. I thought it was oranges at first glance. Is this a citrus fruit or more like a plum?

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your mother.

Sister--Three said...

Do you eat the peel?

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh kumquat! I love these little fruits. I do not have a sweet tooth you see and prefer a "tart" sharp taste.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh sister 3, I eat the peel!

Nancy said...

I've never eaten a kumquat or seen one for that matter.I'll have to look for them in the grocery store and give one a try.Do they taste anything like an orange? Is there another common fruit that is anything like a kumquat?

Sharon said...

You are one of the few people I have ever heard ENJOY a kumquat!! LOL, my Great-grandfather's business was fruit, he had a grove in Mandarin. He loved them, and when I was very small he told me I would like them, and instructed me to put the whole thing in my mouth and bite down. That was the first-and last-time I ever tried a kumquat. :) I don't think that's what's in the picture though, is it?

Sharon said...

Maybe that's a different kind, the ones he had were oblong, small enough to put a whole one in your mouth, and VERY tart! :)

Janice said...

I don't think I've ever tried one, Dot. :o) Now I'm curious.

Clara....in TN said...

I used to eat these when my daughter lived in Lake Charles. They are good!

happyone said...

I've seen them, never tried one, but now I will.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Never heard of these but the way you describe them I think I'd like them.

USAincognito said...

I love eating these!! Have fun on your little roadtrip! :)

imac said...

I tried them and thought they were nice but i wouldnot go overboard for them.

imac said...

I tried them and thought they were nice but i wouldnot go overboard for them.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Okay Dot, (wow about that trip).

You've waxed a bit poetic from your travels, "They are about the size of a walnut and very sweet. I go to the tree frequently during the day and pick a few to eat."

(smile)

That fruit sounds yummy by the way. I would want the sweet one though.

Max-e said...

I love kumquats - haven't seen them in ages. We had a tree on our farm, which was very prolific. Just pop it in your mouth and start chewing mmmmmmmmmm - they also make wonderful preserves.

Oswegan said...

Sounds delicious.

~Oswegan

Mike said...

Never eaten one but I've heard of it! looks nice.

Wendy said...

Great photos - if I ever eat a kumquat, I'll remember not to peel it.

Steve Buser said...

I can almost taste a salad with the kumqauts, some spinach leaves and some walnuts.

--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

PEA said...

Hello dear Dot:-) I'm back from my trip and now playing catch up with everyone. I've never had kumquat before and although I've heard of them, I've never seen them in our grocery stores. I so love the pictures of those rocks in your previous post, they are so fascinating!! xox

Ash said...

Never heard of a Kumquat...but it sure looks good and yum!

Marie said...

This fruit looks very tasty! I have never tasted a kumquat. Enjoy your visit with your mother.

Big hug from Marie in Norway :o)

kml said...

How lucky to have this sweet treat right at your fingertips!

Sandy Carlson said...

Looks beautiful on my desktop in Connecticut!

Andrée said...

I've heard of them but never seen one. It's so pretty: just like an orange. A cluster of oranges!

Annie said...

They should be arriving in my grocery soon. I always have them at Thanksgiving - they are yummy!

KMF said...

nice post

Ida said...

This is an exotic plant for me.
In our climate up North, i could not grow such plants.
Looks delicious! :)

Sister--Three said...

Hope you Mother is ok and you will return to Ga. soon.

Lori said...

Come back soon! Praying for you.

david mcmahon said...

Wow, I didn;t know that they came from China.

Would never have dreamt that, Dot. By the way, my Sky Watch Friday picture is posted - it's 5.30am Friday here in Melbourne!

AVCR8TEUR said...

We have a dwarf kumquat tree too and after several year of not bearing any fruit, we are getting 6 whole kumquats this year.

RUTH said...

Never tasted one of these...sounds delicious :O)

mrsnesbitt said...

Hope all is Ok with your mum Dot.
Denise
xxx

Old Wom Tigley said...

FRIDAY
SKY WATCH...

O.K. Dot you win with this picture of not one but two big orange moons... well done love...

ha! :o)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Where in Alabama? If you are near the WhistleStop come on by!

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi my dearest Dotty,

Take care my dear and enjoy, how was your mom doing? Great fruit she is having:) I don't really know the KUMQUAT, but you can probably tell me what those are? What's there taste?

BTW1, I want to hand you a (self designed) nomination for being a good BLOGFRIEND, you can find the award on my sidebar, (whiteface with friendly in it as a text)

BTW2;) I leave for a week to paris for my birthday ,and our 20th anniversary, I left a slideshow from my last nature-works, Leaving-leaves, please take a look,

Miss you JoAnn :)

You're always SO kind to me thanks!!!

ally said...

I love them!
Speaking of nuts... I hear that you guys are going to have a great harvest of pecans. Can not wait to see those pics... they are my favourite nut and I hear you have the best ones there in Georgia!

Betty said...

Dot, those kumquats look delicious...so you've been to L.A....lower Alabama...we were in Ozark a couple of weeks ago....were you near there?

We've been to the north GA mountains for a few days....good to be back home...Betty

WendyB said...

Cute fruit.

Debbie365 said...

I was just talking about Kumquats this week with someone at work! I also was remembering my Great Grandfathers fruit grove in Mandarin. I spent a lot of time there as a child. Temples, Satsumas, Chinese Honeys, Tangerines, Tangelos, Pink & White Grapefruit, and of course, the kumquats. I liked them because I didn't have to peel them! They were sour though, but against the sweet taste of the peel, they were very tasty!

Debbie365 said...

Hey Dot. Yes, Satsumas are one of my favorite! I'm in Northeast Florida. Sharon365 is my sister, by the way!

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