So according to the popular mass-updated on-line encyclopaedia, “Kumquats (or cumquats in Australian English), Citrus japonica, are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. Their edible fruit closely resembles the orange in colour and shape but is much smaller, being approximately the size of a large olive. Kumquat is a fairly cold-hardy citrus.” Well, that explains why it survives our frosty winter quite well. I would also say the resemblance to an orange stops at its appearance. It doesn’t taste anything like orange, not to me anyway. I find it quite tart. However at times when I walk past the bush I often grab one or two and just eat them skin and all – it is quite refreshing especially on a blazing hot day.
Patricia and her mom made some marmalade from one of the harvests. It came out quite nice – even the kids eat it on toast, and that says a lot – in my mind, marmalade is not a typical kids’ favourite. Or maybe I just had under-developed taste buds when I was a kid!