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A kumquat by any other name?


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A kumquat by any other name?

janetofreno | Apr 29, 2011 11:22 PM

List: DH has been expanding his gardening skills, and is always looking for something new to plant. I read somewhere that kumquats grow well in hot weather (a necesity for our garden:-), and would love to plant a tree. They are also rumored to have beautiful, fragrant flowers. But when I mentioned this to DH he had no idea what a kumquat is. I tried to describe it to him, but he gave me a blank stare. (and I showed him a picture I found online, and he said "oh, its a little orange." No, not really....:-) I've seen them once or twice in the Mexican markets, but not recently, and I have no idea how to help him visualize the fruit. He grew up in India, anybody have any idea if they grow there (I have a feeling that they do!), and if so what the Hindi or Gujarati name might be? Or even an Arabic name, since food stuffs there were often traded with Arabic countries and he seems to know a good number of Arabic food names. Follow up: According to Wikipedia the word kumquat comes from a Cantonese word, and the fruit is most common in Eastern Asia (especially Japan, Thailand, parts of China, etc) but it also grown in Pakistan, India, and the Middle East. And although it requires a hot summer, the article I read said it can stand some winter frost: perfect for our climate! So, chowhounds, any help is appreciated!

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