While there are 4 types of kumquat, the two most common are the nagami and meiwa. The nagami kumquat is the most common variety found in the United States.
The fruit tends to be a bit more tart and is oval-shaped. While still available in the US, the meiwa kumquat is more typical to Japan and has a more round shape, like an orange.
Kumquat, or Citrus japonicas, is a small citrus, resembling an orange but much smaller, that is native to China. Its first known appearance in literature dates back to the 12th century. Kumquats are a symbol of luck and in Cantonese, Kumquat, literally means 'Golden Orange' or 'Golden Tangerine'. They are commonly given out during Chinese New Year to symbolize sharing the luck.
Kumquat trees have been growing in Southeast Asia for centuries, making their way to the United States in the 1850s where they thrive in warm climates like that of southern California and Florida. They are still overshadowed by larger, more popular citrus, but if you search, you can find them.
They were originally grown for their ornamental qualities. Kumquat trees are small and can be grown in planters or pots. So, if the conditions are right where you live, they make a great addition to your backyard, patio, small garden, or even your roof.
Kumquats are sometimes referred to as the 'winter citrus' because you can typically find them fresh and in season from November to April. They are a perfect fresh fruit to help you get through the winter when other fruits aren't yet in season.
At FruitStand, we are bringing you the most premium fruits directly from small, specialty farmers. You’ll know exactly which farm your kumquats come from and when they were picked.
Whether a kumquat is certified organic or not will depend on the farm where it was grown. We partner only with the best family farms for exceptional quality of produce. When each harvest is available, we will tell you when the fruit is considered organic or conventional.