Ever had a kumquat? I never did until now. I never even knew this fruit existed! I impulsively picked it up from Publix while shopping for groceries like I always do whenever I come across a new fruit/vegetable that I have never heard of. This is what gives me a kick of being a food blogger. I willingly try out different ingredients and it’s always a joy of discovering something new. So anyways, I got this home and then went on to read its wiki. kumquat resemble the Orange, however they are very small olive shaped. The name means ‘Golden Tangerine’. I was pleasantly surprised to know that this fruit is native to Asia and have long been cultivated in India, Japan and some other Asian countries. I have never seen them when in India!
The unusual feature of the this fruit is in its eating. The fruit is eaten whole, skin and all. The inside is still quite sour, but the skin has the sweeter flavor. So when eaten together it produces an unusual refreshing flavor. kumquat are delicious, sweet yet tangy and very refreshing. They belong to the citrus family, so are good in vitamin C and anti-oxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and phytonutrients that protect from free radicals. Thus, it is effective to protect from cancer, ageing, inflammation, degenerative diseases and diabetes. Also, it contains a variety of nutrients that make it healthy fruit. Reading all about this new fruit assured me that I had made the right choice in buying it.
Now I needed a recipe to use this fruit. I decided to play it safe to begin with since I wanted to try the flavors myself first and then experiment with a complex recipe. KR always craves for something sweet post dinner. The reason being, I cook spicy food on most days. I just cannot help it, it just happens to get spicy. So usually, post dinner, he is rummaging through the fridge to find something sweet to eat. All my leftover desserts or sweets or chocolates are gone in a jiffy. knowing his and my habit, I normally keep something sweet yet healthy for him like a Popsicle. At least he can gorge on them guilt-free. Now that my stock of Coffee flavored Figs and Dates Popsicle were over, he had been asking to make some more ice pops. I have made some in the past. Like Rose flavored Blueberry Popsicle, Watermelon Popsicle or even something like this Blueberry Frozen Treats. So I just thought of making fruit Popsicle using kumquat and see how they turn out.
I was contemplating between blueberries and strawberries to use along with kumquat. Since it had been a while I had used strawberries, I decided to go with it. I was not very comfortable to use it raw (being my first time using this fruit), so I decided to treat it the way I made Blueberry Jam. I finely chopped both the fruits. You need to remove the seeds of the kumquat while chopping. Use it with the skin. In a pan, add them along with honey and water. Cook it for 15 minutes. The fruits will become pulpy. Take them off the gas and let it cool. Add lime juice to this. Blend it to a juice consistency. Add little water while doing so.
Fill the juice in any Popsicle mold and freeze it for at least 6 hours. I used these ZIPZICLE – (36 Pack) Zip-Top Ice Pop Pouch. I have some very fond childhood memories of enjoying these Popsicle. As I made these today, all those wonderful childhood days came back to me in a flash. during summer vacation, me along with my building friends would go cycling early morning and always have a Popsicle on our way back home. It was our routine. Back then we didn’t realize that we were making memories.
Little did I know then that I would grow up to make these Popsicle myself. 🙂 Life does come a full circle. Anyways, after 6 hours Kumquat & Strawberry Popsicle is ready to be devoured.
- 10-12 strawberries
- 8-10 kumquats
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup water
- You need to finely chopped both the fruits. You need to remove the seeds of the kumquats while chopping. Use it with the skin. In a pan, add them along with honey and water. Cook it for 15 minutes. The fruits will become pulpy. Take them off the gas and let it cool. Add lime juice to this. Blend it to a juice consistency. Add little water while doing so. Fill the juice in any Popsicle mold and freeze it for at least 6 hours.
As usual, I made – Chilly Garlic Noodles for dinner which was spicy and KR asked me if there was anything to sweet to eat and I just smiled. I told him to check the freezer. He was elated to find these zipzicle as we all have grown up enjoying it. He loved it and went on to have another back to back. My purpose was met. I joined him too. I must say that these Ice Pops are really very tasty and refreshing. The kumquat bring in a sweet and a bit sour taste to it. However the strawberries blend in well with it making this Popsicle bursting with flavors. You must give it a try to believe it! They are gorgeously delicious. I will be making a couple of more recipes using kumquat for sure. Keep checking this space for more recipes. So as promised, here is another awesome recipe with kumquats – Kumquat Walnut Oatmeal Bread. Do try that out!
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