Kumquats are tiny grape-sized fruit, resembling miniature oranges. They have tangy flesh and a thin, sweet, edible peel.

Native to China, kumquats are an auspicious symbol for the Chinese lunar year, symbolising gold and good fortune. It was once customary in China to place a kumquat plant on the table during meals so that the diners could nibble on the fruit between courses.

KUMQUAT are classed as a fruit.


Kumquats are very versatile fruits, suited to both sweet and savoury dishes. This tiny citrus fruit may be used as an edible garnish, added to sauces and used to make marmalade. They are particularly well suited to game, poultry and duck. Try freezing and using in drinks instead of ice-cubes.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 65 kcal, 260 kJ; protein 0.9g; carbohydrate 5.3g; fat 0.1g.


Peeling is not necessary as both the peel and the flesh are edible - but discard any seeds that may be in the fruit.


Store at room temperature. Kumquats do not ripen further after harvest.


Kumquats should be firm, well-coloured, unblemished and gently scented. Avoid fruit that is soft or shrivelled.

Fun Fact

Despite their appearance and flavour, kumquats are not actually classified as citrus fruit.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

South Africa