IT’S RAINING KUMQUATS!

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Garden Angels were at it again!  Our May Mom’s Day Exchange was a wonderful way to share the fruits of a mom’s labor in the garden with community friends and families.  Just like the last two years, we were blessed with the abundance of goodies to put together a Special Mom’s Day  Basket to give to a much-deserving and grateful mother as a surprise for her day tomorrow.  What a joy it is to put together a gift for a stranger and not expect a thing in return!  We should all try this once-a-month; right?
 
This Saturday we exchanged:   Banana Chia Muffins, Sage, Chives, Kale, Onions, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Kumquats!  
 
What to do you do with a Kumquat you ask?  So did I.  I will share a recipe that to me seems like it would be absolutely DE-LISH ~ with the sugar complimenting the sour tang of this tart fruit, how could you say anything but “uhm, yuuuuuum!.”  
 
Ridiculously easy to make, candied kumquats are half condiment, half candy. You can use them on salads, pork, chicken, cheesecakes, or even with chocolate ice cream. Or you can do what I do, which is to sneak a couple out of the fridge and just eat them straight. Sticky gooey goodness.

CANDIED KUMQUATS

Candied Kumquats

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups of roughly chopped kumquats (roughly 1-1½ lbs.)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar

METHOD

1 With a pairing knife roughly chop the kumquats. Discard any seeds you can that are easy to get too, but they’re edible so don’t fret if some get chopped up or stay in the fruit. Feel free to leave any small kumquats whole.

2 Heat the water and sugar over high heat until it comes to a boil. Simmer for 4 minutes. Add the kumquats and simmer for 10 minutes.

3 Drain the kumquats through a sieve set over a bowl. Return the syrup to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the syrup. Combine the kumquats and 1/4 cup of the syrup together.

Serve or jar and refrigerate. Can be stored for up to two weeks.

Would you like to contribute your fruit tree or veggie garden harvest(s), join us for the next Exchange.  It takes place in Long Beach and it simply takes sending an email to me, Shannon, at GardenAngelsCooperative@Yahoo.com saying “add me to your invitee list, I’d like to participate!”  And it will be a done deal!  All this and it’s FREE too.

In the meantime, get your hands dirty! 🙂  ~Shannon~

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2 responses to “IT’S RAINING KUMQUATS!

  1. So glad to have a recipe for the kumquats!! My blog post about our first experience …. http://barefootocmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/fresh-living.html

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