kumquat time


It’s kumquat time, and no, I’m not talking about those Kumquat cupcakes. This is a reminder that kumquats are in season. Maybe you remember last year when I wrote about the amazing kumquat preserves recipe in the upcoming book by Su-Mei Yu, The Elements of Life. Well, the book is out now, and it’s pretty cool. (Don’t just take my word for it — look out for a big feature on the book in the upcoming March issue of Food & Wine magazine.) And more importantly, you can make a batch of the preserves and keep them in the fridge for when you get sick. I’m no doctor, but these preserves are some kind of miracle cure for a really bad cough. Just pour hot water over a couple of tablespoons of the preserves to make a “tea.” Then, enjoy the relief. Seriously, don’t take medical advice from me, but I swear by the stuff, and I just made a big batch of the preserves to get me through the season.


20 thoughts on “kumquat time

  1. I've been seeing a lot of kumquat recipes lately and I didn't even know what they were until I actually saw them at a grocery store a few weeks ago. I'm so excited to try some of kumquat recipes. 🙂

  2. Justin, I have never cooked with kumquat; but this recipe sounds really good. I'll definitely give them a try.As for the cookbook, you always lead us to a great new creative author who has wonderful intriguing recipes. Thanks…

  3. sook: oh really? well, some people just eat them straight, but ours didn't seem ripe enough for that… maybe in another week or two. i don't know what else to make with them.george: thanks. i hope you try it out, but really, this tea is special for when you're sick. i don't know if i'd drink it just any time.suzanne: we got them at whole foods, but if you get the timing right, they'll be all over chinatown for a whiledawn: i hope you do try it out

  4. koko: they're tough to find unless they're in season, and we can get them around nyc now. not sure where you live.erika: i'm very serious about this cure for a bad cough… i'm also a fan of ginger tea.

  5. eliana: hmm, you should try one sometimeann: wow, really? well, you should try one too. yes, they do look sort of like small tomatoes boiled. kumquats are citrus, and look like they'd have thick skins, but the skins are actually super thin. you eat them whole when they're fresh, including the skin. i know that sounds weird, but it's true.rajani: thanks for visiting

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