Apr 022012

Some of you must be thinking kum…what? Yes, kumquat. They are little olive shape oranges with rind that is sweet and  juice in the center that is sour, therefore many people just eat the rind.

I have a dwarf kumquat tree that only gave me 5 little ones, but a friend of mine has a big kumquat tree. So I have been getting lots of them while I wait for mine to give more fruits. I like them raw, but I just can eat so much, therefore decided to make a preserve.

Since I grew up with it, I love it and like the whole fruit, I mean almost, except the seeds. My husband did not acquire the taste for it, either raw or  preserved…so I was like, if you do not like it,  do not force yourself so I have more for myself…am I being selfish?

Anyway, I made a couple of versions by using turbinado sugar and coconut sugar. Today I am sharing the one made with turbinado sugar.

I can eat the preserved kumquat like candy…and the syrup is great when diluted in water, either hot or cold. It is so tasty with a touch of tartness.

If you have a chance, please give this a try. If you find out that you do not like them raw, try this simple recipe for kumquat preserve.


1 ½ lb fresh kumquats
1 ½ cup turbinado sugar
8 whole cloves


Wash  the kumquats well by soaking in lots of water. Drain the kumquats and place them in a pot with hot water and let them boil in high heat for a minute.

Drain well and place the kumquat back into the pan. Add sugar and cloves, turn the heat to low and let if cook for approximately 1 ½ hour or until the water has been reduced and kumquats are in a thick syrup.

Remove from the heat and let it cool. Store in glass jar and refrigerate. Serve cold over ice cream, bread, cake or anyway you like.

And some vacation pictures from the resorts and Tulum…

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for kumquat preserve and the pictures 🙂

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that kumquat has its origins in Asia? Kumquat was introduced into Florida from Japan in 1885.

  68 Responses to “Kumquat Preserve”

  1. What a great idea for a preserve…and what a GREAT vacation!

  2. i’ve never had kumquat before, but i have seen them at farmer’s markets. i’m sure that if you made it into preserves or jam form, your hubby might like some with some peanut butter. 🙂

    hahaha you so funny, more of yourself! i think the same thing too heheh. awww you and your hubby travel so much. i love how happy you two look :). have a wonderful week!

  3. Your photos are gorgeous, I’m so glad you had such a wonderful vacation! This kumquat preserve looks wonderful…what a great use for a delicious ingredient that I never really know how to use! 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your photos! It looks like you had a great time on your vacation. These kumquat preserves look fantastic!

  5. Your beach shots are making me want to get up and go to the beach right now lol. I wish I could :). I’ve also heard of kumquats but never tasted them before. But this preserve looks great

  6. Love this simple kumquat preserve, Juliana! I will have to try this the next time I find kumquats.
    Nice vacation photos, btw! Looks like a very relaxing place to go to!

  7. Your photos are awesome! I love kumquats!

  8. I’ve actually never tasted OR bought a kumquat because I have no idea hwat to do with them. Not anymore! Totally picking some up at the store and making this!

  9. I have always wanted to make kumquat preserves, I’ve tasted it with cheese and it’s delicious! Your vacation pictures really caught my eye, love all the sunshine and the beach;-)

  10. I have never eaten kumquats before, so not sure what they taste like. You look you had a wonderful vacation. I love your pictures.

  11. I admit that I find kumquats too tart – your preserve looks very tasty, though! I’m also extremely jealous of your holiday pics, it looks like a lovely place you visited.

  12. i have been seeing these kumquats in the asian markets the past few weeks and was thinking of getting them the other day. I normally just eat it like fruits with the skin but making them into preserve is probably a better idea. Thanks for your step by step illustration. Will make my first kumquat preserve soon. Thanks!

  13. I don’t have a kumquat plant but I heard that there is always a lot of wastage during its season because it is simply impossible to eat so many kumquat at a short period of time. Keeping them in the form of preserve is a great idea 😀

  14. I never tasted kumquat but your preserve looks fabulous! Love your beautiful photos too!

  15. What a lovely looking kumquat preserves, would be so nice in cakes but bet they taste good just like that. beautiful photos of your holiday, I enjoyed looking at them all:D thanks for sharing with us, Juliana.:)

  16. Ooooh, you’ve got a kumquat fan here too!:) They are so rare, and sometimes after waiting for them for a year (we only get them during CNY season), they are dried up 🙁
    Love your preserved kumquat, I must definitely scout for them really soon 😉

  17. I love kumquats – whole or preserved! And your holiday looks amazing. Have a super day 🙂

  18. Nothing beats preserve made from fruits from a home backyard!

  19. Hi Juliana, thank you for sharing your beautiful vacation pictures. Lovely beach, you look pretty. 😉

    Delicious kumquats, thanks for sharing the recipe. Would love to try it when kumquats is in season.

    Have a nice day.

  20. Lovely holiday pictures and great recipe! That preserve must taste divine.



  21. I love the orange flavour and tartness of cumquats! Your preserve looks wonderful! 😀

  22. The clicks look gorgeous and the preserve looks finger licking good. Lovely post!

  23. Kumquat tree grows also here in Greece in an island called Corfu! They make a liquer from kumquat and af course preserves and marmalade. It’s been years since I last had these beauties. I love the color of your preserve and from what I can remember it must have a great taste too. You had such a wonderful time in Mexico! I can see this from the pictures! It is great if you can just go away for a while and recharge your batteries! Please say hello to Stan from us!

  24. Dear Juliana

    I am very tempted to add some rum to this beautiful recipe. The kumquats have such a rich vibrant colour that would bring any dessert to live! Well done.

  25. I’m glad you had a good time!

  26. I never acquired the taste raw but I do like them cooked. Your preserves look so good!
    Terrific pictures of your vacation, looks like Paradise!

  27. I have cooked with cumquats as I lived in a house that had a huge tree in the front yard and I didn’t want the fruit to go to waste so I would look for ways to use the cumquats. I haven’t ever preserved them though and I would like to try this. They look very delicious. xx

  28. Hi Juliana,
    Like always, your recipes are so unique and creative. I love the preserve you have made. Reminds me of chutney that we often make and eat in Indian cooking. Never tasted Kumquat but you certainly have got me very curious. I love the sound of it.
    Your vacation pictures are beautiful. Glad you had a great time. Makes me want to pack my bags too!

  29. Hi Juliana, You’ve made kumquats very tempting! such a gorgeous color. I especially enjoyed seeing your pictures of Tulum. I visited there once, almost 20 years ago. The vista from the pyramids is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing–it brought back nice memories!

  30. Those photos are gorgeous! I want to go there! What a wonderfully relaxing vacation Juliana. The kumquat preserve looks incredible. I am not a huge fan of kumquats…yet…but maybe if I try them like this, I will be.

  31. I have never tasted a kumquat but I think I would love them in preserves like this. Now I hope I can find some just to see how they taste 😉

    Love the photos! Such a beautiful place and a treat to see you and your hubby 🙂

  32. Thanks for sharing with us your lovely photos and Kumquat preserve. Honestly, I have never tried this fruit but I have seen this in the market.

  33. love the preserve i remember trying this at uni as they were new to me in Aberdeen Scotland you look cute in your vacation snaps

  34. They’re great in stir-fries, too, with beef or pork. 😉

  35. I’ve never tried kumquats but they look really cute, it seems like you had a lot of fun in Tulum!

  36. how wonderful to use home-grown kumquat for the preserve, looks really delicious. nice vacation pics!

  37. I have only recently been introduced to kumquats and I love them – this preserve is heavwenly

  38. Oops sorry meant Heavenly 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  39. Hi Juliana,
    What a fantastic and colourful recipe and spectacular photos you left us.
    Thanks for sharing!

  40. Love your vacation photos, Juliana. What a lovely place!
    Your kumquat preserves look fabulous. I’ve made a compote with rhubarb and kumquats, but never kumquats alone. I’ll be trying this soon.

  41. Hi Juliana,

    I like the step by step transformation from fresh to preserved. I love eating fresh kumquats but I haven’t tried the preserves and yours look like candies. I hope you are having a wonderful rest-of-the-week. Well, looking at the vacation photos. . . I think wonderful is an understatement. 🙂

    ~ ray ~

  42. Love kumquat as well as all citrus preserves. This looks delish and craving some right now. Always add some lemon juice in the end. This helps that the sugar will not crystalize after some time.

  43. we only see kamquats once a year over here, that is when approaching chinese new year, love the colour of your preserves. YOu must have a wonderful time at the resort, such loving couple!!

  44. Such delicious Preserve…
    I have to use more kumquat… i love them but somehow have not been using much of these deliciousness…
    This looks like a great recipe…
    B/W Great vacation pics my dear.

  45. Hi Ivy,
    Thanks for the tip…I’ll will remember adding lemon juice when making preserve.
    Have a great day 🙂

  46. It looks so luscious! I have discovered kumquat only last Winter, but I loved it. I have prepared some kumquat infused vodka, which I still wait to taste (I have posted it in case you would be tempted). I think they stopped selling kumquats here, but next year I will make kumquat preserves.
    Thanks for sharing your photos. It looks like extraordinary holidays.

  47. not only is ‘kumquat’ one of the best words ever, but it’s a delight to eat! this is some lovely stuff, juliana. 🙂

  48. So simple, yet so delicious. Wish I had access to tree ripened kumquats.

  49. I have never had a kumquat preserve and you have made me really curious as to how it tastes. I love your photos. You have set me to dreaming about far away places. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  50. Lovely! This is a definite must-try! Thanks for sharing!

  51. Fantastic photos and you look gorgeous on the photo!
    The kumquat preserve looks super.

  52. I love kumquats. So tart but have so much potential to be the sweetest thing. I like making it into a preserve. I’d jar it up and travel with it since it’s not a jam you see anywhere! Glad you enjoyed your vacation! Looks fun.

  53. What beautiful pictures!!! Tasty looking kumquats too :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  54. Aren’t they tasty? We tried a kumquat syrup this year and enjoyed it alot. Nice vacation photos.

  55. Hi Juliana! This is actually a very interesting jam! I’ve never had kumquat before but thanks to your post, I learn something new every day! 🙂 I wonder what a kumquat cake would look like!

  56. Kumquat preserve sounds great! And what a lovely vacation pictures, I wish I were there.

  57. I didn’t grow up with these but I love the little guys. The preserves sound like a fun way to have your fruit and eat it, too! And now you have me longing for the beach. Sigh. Have a beautiful holiday weekend!

  58. Hi Juliana! Oh my word, those pictures are simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing them with us:)

    I have never actually tasted kumquats before but funny thing, I have used them as an ingredient, go figure, lol…

    I may just need to change that and now make these Kumquat preserves all for me! (Of course I will share with Marion:)

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  59. Really interesting. Would love to try it. Great holiday snaps too!

  60. love the candied kumquats this is also very good with poultry !Pierre

  61. I love kumquats and wish I had a tree. The preserves sound delicious. Beautiful photos! Looks like a great trip.

  62. I often see kumquats in the store, but never knew what to do with them. Now I do!

  63. I’ve been meaning to get acquainted with this tiny fruit…and this would be a great start.

    Wonderful recipe and fab pics of your restful vacation…perfection for sure ;o)

    Happy Easter my dear Juliana.

    Ciao for now,

  64. Ohh… what a wonderful way to enjoy kumquats. Thanks for sharing Juliana, have a great Easter weekend! 🙂

  65. I didn’t know they had sweet skins, I thought the whole thing was sour and you couldn’t eat the rind! Lol, great recipe, and great snaps!

  66. I love kumquat and grew up eating some from my grandpa’s backyard. This preserve is so precious… looks wonderful. I had never made preserve with kumquat but this is something I should try one day. Thanks for sharing the vacation picture. So nice…. I am in Japan “vacationing” but it’s kind of different when you visit home as “vacation”…. 😉

  67. Sprouting lentils/chickpeas? How very interesting! I’m going to try this! Fun and delicious-looking!

  68. Oops! Sorry, I wrote in the wrong place for the sprouting lentils. About the preserves, I’ve never made preserve before. Perhaps, it’s time to start? Love your vacation photos.