Kumquats Different Than Oranges?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Oranges have never agreed with me -- I've always preferred lemons, limes and grapefruit. I hate the orange taste as I find it too cloyingly sweet (same for orange juice) and they create stomach upset.( Only exception would be some varieties of blood oranges which are not nearly as sweet and have a berryish taste.) Yesterday I noticed organic kumquats on sale so I figured I'd give them a try for the heck of it. Well - they taste terrific - the sour/tartness cuts the sweetness and I like the fact the peel is edible. They also did not cause any cravings. They are supposedly high on the glycemic index but I got zero cravings after them and did not get the desire to keep eating them the way I would with something like sweet grapes. I thought they were just a tiny orange variety but am wondering if anyone knows if kumquats are somehow different?



on March 29, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I don't know, but they are GREAT for throwing at people! Perfect little projectiles XD Kumquat missles whose juice also happen to mix well with vodka and rum.

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on March 28, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Neat.. Kumquat means "gold orange." Apparently they were included in the genus Citrus until about 1915 when Dr. Walter T. Swingle, I dig that last name, set them apart in the genus Fortunella.

So they look like an orange, smell like an orange, is kind of an inside out orange - sweet skin tart flesh.. but actually aren't considered one due to the Fortunella reclassification. So lamely, they're literally described as "small ovoid fruits resembling oranges."

IMO? Teeny tiny twee baby orange.

Nerd stuff:

Food Value Per 100 g of raw fruit:

Calories 274 Protein 3.8 g Fat 0.4g Carbohydrates 72.1 g Calcium 266 mg Phosphorus 97 mg Iron 1.7 mg Sodium 30 mg Potassium 995 mg Vitamin A 2,530 I.U. Thiamine 0.35 mg Riboflavin 0.40 mg Niacin
Ascorbic Acid 151 mg



on February 15, 2012
at 05:54 PM

They are in the exact same family and genus as oranges - rutaceae citrus.

However, because they are eaten whole, with the rind, you are undoubtedly getting more of the citrus oils like limonene. If this is somehow stopping your cravings, I don't know.

I also love their tartness!

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