Seems like kumquats are the it citrus of the season this year. I've always liked them, especially since they seem kind of inside-out with their sweet peel and bitter flesh. And after scoring some amazing candied kumquats at the May swap last year, which the boyfriend and I rationed to make them last, I have been a little obsessed and itching to replenish our supply.
|Literally laden, and this tree fruits twice a year!|
|Kumquats all around|
|Galaxies of kumquats|
|They smell divine|
|When we were done it looked like locusts had descended|
We had a ton of fun and I think we picked something close to 50 pounds of kumquats! (Thanks Frank & Bobby) So now it is on...the Kumquat-a-thon of 2012.
|A couple trays worth went into the dehydrator|
|Dehydrated kumquats took about 2 days|
|Rose water + honey + kumquats|
|A lot of slicing and removing of seeds|
|I used a few types of honey, but the walnut honey was dark!|
|Preparing spiced kumquats|
|Leaving to soak overnight|
|After 24 hours|
And that's it so far. I'm going to need to get serious fast though and put some of these up for real. Recipes I'm considering still include Lillet Kumquat Compote, Kumquat Habanero Marmalade, Kumquat Chutney, Star Anise Kumquat Sauce, Sweet Preserved Kumquats, and of course lots more of the famed Candied Kumquats.
Got any other ideas to throw at me?