The title quote comes from W.C. Fields, and is probably the first time I ever heard of a kumquat. Growing up in eastern Iowa, kumquats were not something around in the 50's and 60's.
When I saw them at the market last week, I bought them knowing I would do something with them, but not quite sure what. After searching, I decided a marmalade would be the best way to enjoy them. The Trout and I did "pop" a few into our mouths whole. They are sweet/sour and with no need to peel them. They do look like little oranges, but are not even related.
The kumquat originated in SE Asia and has been cultivated in China since the 12th century. Kumquats came to the US in 1850. There are four varieties and Nagami is grown primarily in Florida and California.
I found a recipe here and followed it. This morning for breakfast we tested it. It was okay...the Trout said he tasted a strange spice. I did not add spices. I am guessing we were both thinking orange marmalade and it did not taste like orange at all. The kumquat is unique to itself.
I would not say rush out to make kumquat marmalade, my little chickadee, but if you do have a chance to try it, please do.
I am hoping to try cooking new foods to me this year. Two items I have not liked very much are kale and collard greens. In all honesty, I love ALL foods, so I am determined to conquer these two 'green' leafy items to a tolerable side dish.