John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 23

Ten things you may not have known about kumquats:

  1. Kumquats were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, a collector for the London Horticultural Society
  2. Its name means "gold orange" in Chinese.
  3. Kumquats are rarely grown from seed, but rather are grafted onto citrus trees such as the trifoliate orange or grapefruit.
  4. In Vietnam, kumquat bonsai trees are used as a decoration for the Tet holiday.
  5. Because of the thick peel, the kumquat has good keeping quality and stands handling and shipment well.
  6. Potted kumquats are subject to mealybug infestations.
  7. A 100g serving of raw kumquat contains 274 calories and 0.4g of fat.
  8. In Taiwan, kumquats are a popular addition to both hot and iced tea.
  9. Kumquats readily hybridise with other members of the genus Citrus and with the closely related Poncirus.
  10. It's not spelled "kumkwat."

Today's list is for figgy_newton, who I think didn't know at least one of these facts.


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