Kumquat = Yumquat

I must admit that I never had the opportunity to experience a kumquat before — oh sure, maybe I had the opportunity, but I never took advantage of it.  But here at the South Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Poplarville there are two kumquat trees just outside the building.  A couple of days ago (when it was still nice and sunny) I went out to take a couple of photos.  I snapped a few shots, but also grabbed a couple of fruit just to taste. Let’s just say, I was pleasantly surprised.  The two trees are different varieties, I could tell because of the shape and flavor of the fruit, not because they were tagged.  It is my guess that the two were ‘Nagami’ and ‘Meiwa’.  Meiwa has round fruit and is ‘large’ (or at least larger).  It has a sweet flavor, very sweet.  The rind is also sweet and edible.  Nagami is tart and has an exceptional burst of flavor.  They would be great in a salad or a snack.  I actually prefer the tartness of Nagami to the sweetness of Meiwa, but then again I prefer unsweet tea too.  Kumquats are cold hardy and do not get very large, making them a great yard or garden tree.  The fruit is ripe during the late fall and winter — just when you need a pick-me-up.  More information on kumquats and citrus is available here: http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2542.pdf and here http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p1779.pdf. Below are the photos I took.

A tree still loaded with fruit

Notice the difference in fruit shape and size