Posted by: godshealingplants | December 26, 2018

KUMQUATS FOR YOUR HEALTH

HISTORY

The earliest historical reference to kumquats appears in literature from 12th century China. Kumquats have long been cultivated in India, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia. The name ‘kumquat’ is of Chinese origin, and it has the literal meaning of “golden orange”. 

ABOUT

Kumquats are a small citrus fruit that look like baby oranges. Kumquats are slow growing evergreen shrubs or short trees that are 8 to 15 feet tall with dense branches that sometimes have small thorns.

The leaves of kumquat trees are dark glossy green, and the flowers are white, similar to other citrus flowers. Depending on its size, the kumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year.

Even when fully ripe, their flavor is still very tart. It is more acidic and less sweet than oranges; which is a key difference between the two.

 

If you should grow your own kumquat tree once it matures it will produce fruit almost all year round. Unlike other citrus fruits, kumquat trees can survive reasonably cold weather.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Like most citrus fruits, the predominant health reason to eat kumquats is that they are a good source of vitamin- C. It also contains Manganese, Calcium, Vitamin-A, Vitamin-B complex, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Folate, Zinc,Vitamin-E and their peel is high in polyphenols also. 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Here is a list of some of the main health benefits of kumquat:

  • Assists in stimulation of new cell growth
  • Assists with collagen synthesis and wound healing
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Builds strong bones
  • Functions as co-factors for metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins and fats
  • Helps in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis and diabetes
  • Helps optimize insulin and glucose balance in the body
  • Helps protect the body against foreign invaders, infections, bacteria and fungi
  • Helps with iron absorption from food sources
  • Helps with the elimination of constipation, excess gas, bloating and cramping
  • Improves skin health
  • Increases energy levels
  • Nourishes hair and teeth
  • Possesses anti-viral and anti-cancer activities
  • Regulates digestive health

Don’t forget to eat the kumquat peel as well, since it’s particularly rich in antioxidants and fiber, as well as essential oils like limonene, pinene, a-bergamotene, caryophyllene, a-humulene and a-muurolene. All these nutrients play a vital role in developing some of the health benefits that kumquats have.

 

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Kumquats are generally available between the end of January and beginning of April. Look for them at farmers markets and specialty stores.

You should choose kumquats with bright, smooth skins that feel a bit heavy for their size. Avoid kumquats with bruises, cuts, or blemishes of any kind.

Unless you know where they came from, it would be wise to look for certified organic kumquats so you know they weren’t been sprayed with harmful pesticides. 

How to Store

Use or eat kumquats as soon after purchasing as you can. Unlike other citrus fruits, kumquats don’t have a long shelf life. If you do need to store them for a few days, keep kumquats in a paper bag or loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge.

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HOW TO PREPARE AND ENJOY

Kumquats are great to eat just as they are, skin and all.

The peel is actually a bit sweeter than the pulp, so eating them whole gives them a balanced flavor.

Kumquat jelly is tart but delicious especially if you mix them with oranges.

You can add them to fruit or regular salad. The sour tang of kumquats works great with many of the greens available in winter, especially endive and spinach.

Chop, or thinly slice the kumquats before adding them to the salad.

You can add them to a chicken dish.

You can even blend them into a smoothie with mangoes for a very delicious taste.

No matter how you use kumquats, make sure you give them a good rinse, or even a scrub, to make sure they’re clean before you start popping them in your mouth!

 

SOURCE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumquat

http://mercola.com

https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/kumquat.html

https://www.wikihow.com/Eat-a-Kumquat

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DISCLAIMER GHP

 

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