Kumquats are a citrus fruit from China that ended up all over the world, Kumquats are ready for picking in the winter and spring… with many health benefits.
Kumquats are a small 1/2 inch size orange fruit with an olive shape. They have a bright citrus flavor that’s great eaten alone (whole) or they can be added to salads and other foods, candied and made into syrups, preserves, ice cream, cakes, pies, juice, and even used in combination with savory meats. Or you can soak them in brandy and sugar for a while and they are really good… and make a nice holiday gift.
Kumquats are low in calories (8 Kumquats have little more than 100 calories) and they are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals (copper, calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganeses), and lots of fiber.
Kumquats have polyphenols in them like green tea and beta-carotenes important for your immune system, and even great zeaxanthines, and luteins that are important for eye health.
Kumquats contain vitamins A, B’s, C, and E which are important for keeping way degenerative diseases. 200 grams of Kumquats will give you most of your daily dietary needs of vitamin C. And Kumquats contain lots of B vitamins that are important for energy and for boosting your metabolism and for keeping away depression.
Kumquats also contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids like the ones found in cold water fish that are important for cardiovascular health and for preventing strokes
Kumquats can improve wound healing, help prevent and reduce the severity of colds and flues. And because of all the great antioxidants Kumquats can also help prevent cancer and also lower the risk of hardening of the arteries and reduce inflammation and arthritis.
Kumquats lower cholesterol and triglycerides too, and help with diabetes and improve respiratory system function.
2/3 of a cup of Kumquats contains more protein than you get from a hand full of nuts.
And studies show that eating citrus like Kumquats can lower your risk of coming down with mouth, stomach, and throat cancer by 50%.
Kumquats can be found in local markets all over the world, or you can purchase them on line in jars, as candy, and other great sweet treats.– They are Wonderful!
Paul Haider – Master Herbalist