With just four cups of fruit, you can make three different and delicious kumquat treats. You’ll love the sweet, refreshing citrus flavor!
We are so lucky to have a kumquat tree. Two or three times a year, it produces sweet-smelling white flowers, followed by small, round orange fruits with sweet edible skin and sour but flavorful juice. Since this week’s #SundaySupper theme is “Hometown Recipes,” how much more hometown can you get than your own backyard?
Our tree produces so much fruit that we can’t possibly eat it all, but I make a good effort to use as much of it as I can. From just four cups of fruit, you can make three delicious treats in one session of cooking.
- Candied Kumquat Peels: Because of their pretty color and sparking sugar crystals, candied kumquat peels also make a lovely gift. If you hold one of the candied kumquat peels up in the sunlight, its translucence makes it look like a shard of stained glass.
- Kumquat Syrup: Kumquat syrup is addictively delicious. You can use it to glaze cakes, mix in drinks, top your biscuits, or in any place you’d use honey or maple syrup.
- Kumquat-Ade: Kumquat-ade is so refreshing. It tastes like sunshine! I prefer it hands-down over lemonade.
The recipe for Candied Kumquat Peels is based on a Whole Foods recipe for candied lemon peels. I’d be willing to bet that it will work similarly for any citrus fruit. Don’t skip the step of boiling the peel three times. I tried skipping that step for one small batch just to see what happened, and they came out very sticky and never dried out as they should have. So, it’s important.
You can find kumquats with the citrus in your grocery store. I hope you enjoy this kumquat harvest! And don’t forget to check out all the other hometown recipes for #SundaySupper!
Candied Kumquat Peels, Kumquat Syrup, and Kumquat-Ade
Ingredients for the Candied Kumquat Peels and Kumquat Syrup
- 4 cups whole kumquats
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar plus more for drying
Ingredients for the Kumquat-Ade
- granulated sugar You'll need an equal amount of sugar as you have kumquat juice.
Directions for the Kumquat-Ade (1 part juice, 1 part sugar, 3 parts water)
Rinse the kumquats. Juice them on a citrus juicer or squeezer. It's OK if the peels rip, as long as they aren't shredded into tiny pieces. Set aside the peels to be used for candied kumquat peels and kumquat syrup.
Measure the juice, then measure out an equal amount of sugar. Measure out water equal to 3 times the amount of juice. Place the sugar and water in a pot and warm the water while stirring to dissolve the sugar completely. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, then mix the sweetened water and the juice together in a pitcher. Taste it, and add more water if it is too strong for your taste. Refrigerate.
Directions for the Candied Kumquat Peels and Kumquat Syrup
Remove any segments of fruit and dangling strings from the peels. Try to keep the peels in relatively large pieces.
Place the peels in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute. Drain. Repeat this step two more times.
Place the kumquat peels, 2 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups of sugar to the pot. Bring to a boil and stir gently to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat and simmer on a low boil for one hour.
Prepare drying trays by lining two cookie sheets with parchment paper, then sprinkling with sugar.
Place a colander or strainer over a large bowl. Drain the peels, letting the syrup run into the bowl. Set the syrup aside to cool.
Spread out each peel on the drying tray so that they do not overlap and are not folded over on themselves. Sprinkle evenly with more sugar until coated. Let dry for about 6 hours, or overnight. Once completely dry, store in containers or jars with a little extra sugar to preserve their dryness.
Strain the syrup into jars or containers. Refrigerate or freeze.
Use the syrup for mixed drinks, cake glaze, or as a topping in place of maple syrup or honey.
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This looks SO refreshing!
It really is refreshing! We always look forward to our kumquat harvests.
Coleen @ The Redhead Baker
You know, I’ve heard of kumquats, but I actually had no idea what they were! Thanks for showing me what they look like and what I can do with them!
You’re quite welcome!
Your kumquat-ade looks like sunshine! What pretty gifts from your own backyard. Love it!
Thanks! I’ve called kumquat-ade “drinkable sunshine” ever since I first started making it. 🙂
Lucky you with the supply of kumquats! I’d love to try all your lovely recipes 🙂
Thanks, Liz! I feel very lucky indeed!
This looks simply amazing! I cant wait till our Whole Foods is done so I can gets some Kumquats!
Our Publix (a southeastern grocery chain) carries them, but they are the other variety of kumquat- an oval shape rather than round. Good luck!
This looks amazing! I’m so jealous of your tree!
I just love kumquats, but it is so hard to find good ones in Michigan. One day maybe I’ll live somewhere I can have a tree of my own too. That sounds awesome!
Your candied kumquat is like a bit of summer sunshine in the darkest days of January! Just gorgeous!
I’ve never made anything with kumquats. I’m definitely going to have to try one of these. It’s always good to try new things.
Valerie Cathell Clark
This is a beautiful beverage! I’ve never worked kumquats! Going to try 🙂
Oh, definitely- even if you don’t do the syrup & peels, at least try the kumquat-ade!
Our neighbors had a kumquat tree when I was growing up and they were very kind to share, so I am rather jealous of yours, Katie. I love your trio of kumquat recipes, especially that candied peel. Lovely!
I had never had them, either, before we bought this house. The candied peel was a surprise treat, as I am not usually a fruit candy lover!
Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen
I actually never had Kumquats! I should keep an eye out for it. I especially love the syrup! It looks delicious and beautiful!! 🙂
You’re right Katie, it looks like Sunshine!!
I am dying to make biscuits and slather them with some salted butter and some kumquat syrup!
I have visions of kumquat martinis garnished with the candied peels. I’m putting my husband to work on it as soon as I make your delicious recipes
Oooh, now there’s a good idea!
Now that looks like a fun time in the kitchen making all those recipes at once with kumquats.
LOL it was a total mess. But occasionally I go a bit nuts and cook up a storm- this was one of those times. The other time was last year when I made brownies inside pumpkins and then roasted all the seeds, too.
That’s so cool you have a kumquat tree! I have only used these little things once, but love the flavor. Your recipes are super creative, love ’em!
Thank you Shaina!
Julie @ Texan New Yorker
I’m trying to remember where kumquats usually grow, so I’m guessing you’re in Florida??
These kumquat recipes look fantastic! Kumquats actually showed up on my Contracts exam my first year of law school, and to answer the question properly you had to know if kumquats were a fruit or a vegetable – and I didn’t know! I was so angry at the time, though it’s rather funny now!
Seriously? What a weird question for a law exam!
And you are right- I’m in sunny Florida!
You are so creative! This is an awesome kumquat spread!
The Ninja Baker
You’re right! The lovely candied peels do look like stained glass. Lucky you that you can pluck the petite citrus perfection from your backyard. Thank you for the tip about staying true to the 3 times boil, Katie.
Kumquat-ade is awesome! Such a creative and tasty recipe!
I only just discovered you can eat the whole thing, peel and all over Christmas! I love that you’ve found a way to have us using all of the fruit! I will definitely be making this!
I need to participate in #SundaySupper more. Maybe I’ll learn to enjoy cooking…
So that’s what I do with the ignored tree in the back yard! I usually just let the five year old eat them all but I may have to take some from him.
Looks delicious! And although I don’t cook, I still love @SundaySupper!
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This looks so amazing.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a kumquat! Based on what I’m seeing here, I’m going to have to change that! I especially like the idea of candied kumquat peels! Thanks for sharing!
I need to find some kumquats, my grandmother used to make jam with them when they were available.
Sounds as flavorful as it is beautiful. Plus, I love saying “kumquat”. It’s a jaunty word!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
How wonderful you grow your own kumquats! These all look amazing and I can only imagine how fabulous the kumquats smell fresh off the tree.
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Mirlandra @ Mirlandra's Kitchen
I am SO jealous of your yummy, yummy kumquat tree! This all looks delicious. I just made candied orange and lemon peels at Christmas and now I want to go scoop up some kumquats to try! Thanks.
Question, why is the kumquat boiled 3 times and can the drained juice be used for anything?
Hi Rose! Boiling the peels several times allows the peels to dry in a crispy fashion. I tested it. For some reason, when you only boil once, the peels dry softer and stickier, not crisp and dry. There’s probably some science behind it, but I don’t know the exact explanation.
By “drained juice” I’m guessing you’re talking about the water the kumquats were boiled in (the actual kumquat juice, of course, can be made into kumquat-ade). I haven’t tried anything with the leftover water, so honestly, I’m not sure. Flavored ice cubes, maybe? That would make a good ice cube for kumquat-ade.
Thanks for stopping by!
So so good!! Thanks! Never tried it before but this turned out so well!