kumquat

Definition

Food

  • One of the three principal varieties of citrus, members of the genus Fortunella, especially F. japonica & F. margarita with oval-shaped fruits about 2 to 4 cm in diameter with an edible skin and an unusual bittersweet flavour. Introduced to the UK in 1846, and thence worldwide. Crystallized, made into marmalade, often sliced for decoration and used in sweet and savoury dishes.
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