Ten things you may not have known about kumquats:
- Kumquats were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, a collector for the London Horticultural Society
- Its name means "gold orange" in Chinese.
- Kumquats are rarely grown from seed, but rather are grafted onto citrus trees such as the trifoliate orange or grapefruit.
- In Vietnam, kumquat bonsai trees are used as a decoration for the Tet holiday.
- Because of the thick peel, the kumquat has good keeping quality and stands handling and shipment well.
- Potted kumquats are subject to mealybug infestations.
- A 100g serving of raw kumquat contains 274 calories and 0.4g of fat.
- In Taiwan, kumquats are a popular addition to both hot and iced tea.
- Kumquats readily hybridise with other members of the genus Citrus and with the closely related Poncirus.
- It's not spelled "kumkwat."
Today's list is for figgy_newton, who I think didn't know at least one of these facts.