KUMQUAT. Cantonese for “golden orange”
Every once in awhile I pass kumquats in the store and they plead with me to buy a few. I do, hoping they’ll be a little exotic treat. Most of the time I’m disappointed. The bite is like bittter orange rind. From time to time one or two have a burst of sweet, sour and bitter all together and that’s the bingo! of kumquats.
A kumquat tree had never nudged the edges of my day dreams, but while in Palm Spring recently I came across a tree loaded with almond sized orange niblets. I ran to the tree and plucked off a kumquat, and then another and more and more until my tongue was numb. Bushels of delicious exotic treats. Due to many days of kumquat overeating they probably won’t be able to talk their way into my grocery cart for a long time