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Massaging kumquats – how do you eat them?

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Massaging kumquats – how do you eat them?

rworange | Feb 7, 2008 04:39 PM

Do you only eat the peal?

Do you eat the entire fruit? If that is the case, do you eat the seeds or remove them?

The first kumquat I tried was when I was nine. I diligently pealed the skin off, picked out each seed and ate the inside. Needless to say, I wasn’t fond of kumquats until I learned about the sweet skin. These days I eat them whole, usually seeds and all. I like the crunch they add.

This old Chowhound post and a few other web references mention massaging kumquats
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/291736

“The clerk at the market yesterday told me she'd been told to roll them in her hand until the oils were either rubbed of or released (I was a little unclear about the point of rolling them). Said it made them less bitter.”

From the Chow ingredient record
http://www.chow.com/ingredients/42

“The Nagami kumquat … should be squeezed and massaged to combine the rind and flesh flavors before eating.”

I tried that but it didn’t seem to do much, but I’m not sure what variety it was.

A market near me had four different types of kumquats, some with pretty green leaves still attached. Some were two - three times the size of the usual kumquat and pear-shaped with juicy, less bitter pulp and few seeds. I don’t know which was which but the varieties were Fukushu, Nagamim, Kishu and plain old unnamed kumquat.

Some ideas for eating kumquats other than au natural in the first reply

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