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Project by MsDebbieP posted 512 days ago 3087 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the spring of 2011 I purchased a little cumquat plant at a local nursery, more for fun and curiousity than with any intention of getting edible fruit from it. Last fall I got my first fruit and then, surprisingly, I had some “fresh” fruit throughout the winter!

This year, the plant of course is getting bigger and producing more fruit. Now, with so many ripe at the same time, I had to find something to do with them besides popping the little pucker powers into my mouth one at a time.

I found two recipes of interest:

Since the pickled version looked like a lot less work, that’s the way I went.

The recipe called for a pound of fruit and little research indicated that that would be about 24 cumquats. I had that many! Woo hoo.

I followed the directions, cutting them up and removing the seeds …. more trees in my future I do believe!

And in the end I had 1.5 pints of pickled cumquats.
Silly me sterilized pint jars in stead of 1/2 pints, which would have been oh so much more convenient, but such is life.

EDIT:
first taste—eye watering. The cumquats along with the vinegar is way too much.
More sugar please!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Karson

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posted 511 days ago

Very nice.

Good eating

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 511 days ago

I hope it is delicious

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 511 days ago

The cumquat marmalade sounds delicious. My cousin has a cumquat tree in her living room and the boys love to pop the entire fruit into their mouths when they go to visit her. I will have to show her your recipe and, if I am very lucky, she might share enough of the fruit with us to make some marmalade! Enjoy your pickled cumquats. I hope you both like them.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 511 days ago

I get to taste it later today (it had to sit for a while). I hope it is tasty and then next year I’ll try the marmalade

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 511 days ago

gasp gasp
ok. well I’ve had a bite …
and my eyes are watering

the cumquat along with the vinegar .. really?
More sugar … lots more sugar … way way way more sugar .. please…

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 504 days ago

I say, go for the marmalade next time. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 504 days ago

haha me too!
that will teach me re: being lazy

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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rdlaurance

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posted 438 days ago

Having had a kumquat tree in Florida years back, I was about to ask where you had one planted that would afford you fruit so soon, at your latitude, when I then noticed the thumbnail picture of the tree. Makes more sense! ha ha ….. My next question was going to be what variety so I could perchance find one for my garden/region.

From my memory, definitely more sugar… ha ha ha.

-- .....Rick, south Sweden

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MsDebbieP

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posted 438 days ago

can’t help you with variety .. the label just says “kumquat”.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 438 days ago

and LOTS more sugar! :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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