16 February 2010

The Fruit of the Spirit's Not a Kumquat

Today I tasted my first kumquat. And I'm not so sure I want to rush out and do it again.

You see, kumquats are these cute little miniature oranges - think grape-size. The magnetic pull from their bin on the citrus display at Central Market was just too strong.

See what I mean?

These little guys are adorable orange "grapes," perfect for popping into your mouth. With the peel still on.

(Just so you know, if you are ever at a party where they serve you kumquats, the proper way to eat them is to put the whole thing in your mouth and chew. Then swallow - quickly.)

I am not usually one to turn up my nose at foods. But this? Eating orange peel (for that is what it really is; there is not much pulp to a kumquat) is something I just cannot stomach. That and eating beets.

Perhaps it makes more sense when we consider that kumquats originated in east Asia - the same region of the world which gave us edible seaweed and sushi (the raw fish, not the roll).

Have you ever tried a kumquat? If not, I dare you!

1 comment:

karen said...

now you've got my curiosity up to try one. what country are they from?