Candied Kumquats

It’s kumquat season. Or really tiny sour/bitter orange season. Whichever.

They are delightful and under utilized. Personally I can’t eat them raw. They are too bitter and sour for my tastes. However, with a little bit of work and patience, these little beauties can be used as a garnish, flavor component or citrusy sweet snack.

Candied Kumquats

1 cup kumquats, thinly sliced
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 bay leaf- optional

Put the sugar, water and bay leaf into a pan on the stovetop. Bring to a boil for a few minutes to dissolve all of the sugar. Turn heat to low. Gently put the kumquats into the syrup and simmer for 8 minutes. Let cool, and store in a glass container in the fridge.
These would make a great sub for any candied citrus. Just let them drain before using.


What recipe would you put these in? I’m thinking spice cookies. Texture and flavor.