The golden orange of Corfu
Kumquat is a small tree of the genus Fortunella in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. It comes from China, where it has been cultivated since the 12th century. Its name derives from the Cantonese Chinese “kam kwat”, which means golden orange, since its fruit looks like a very little orange. Like all the citrus fruits, kumquat is rich in vitamin A and C. The fruit is eaten whole, skin and all, and it has a sweet and sour taste. We find it usually cooked as a sweet delight, marmalade or liqueur.