Remarkably cold hardy, the Kumquat Fortunella Margarita is the most common species of kumquat, being introduced to the US from Japan in 1885 and Europe in the early 20th century. Now a well-known ingredient, its fruit combines zesty flesh with a skin reminiscent of lavender crossed with citrus.
Often referred to as the oblong or teardrop kumquat due to the shape of its fruit, Ophelia is a highly productive plant, presenting a healthy crop of fruit from the mid to late winter…and a spectacular display of bright orange against the dark green foliage. The tree is smaller growing and dwarf in nature, making it ideal for pots…and as beautiful, colorful gifts for the home. The most unusual feature of the Nagami kumquat is that the fruit is eaten whole, skin and all. This is, of course, not advised for many citrus trees…The reason for this is that although the flesh is quite sour, the skin is surprisingly sweet. When eaten together the two harmonise, producing a distinct refreshing sensation. Some even bite the end of the fruit and squeeze out the excess juice - leaving only the sweetness of the skin. The kumquat has become quite the fashionable delicacy and can be used to make all manner of preserves and marmalade. A gift that keeps on giving… Note: The Kumquat family needs less watering than all other citrus varieties.