What Is a Kumquat? How to Eat Kumquats

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 4 min read

If you’ve ever come across a basket of colorful, fresh kumquats at a farmer’s market, at first glance you may mistake them for baby oranges. But wait, you can eat these little fruits whole—skins and all. One bite of a kumquat will have your mouth puckering from their intensely tart flavor. These miniature oval-shaped fruits are the smallest members of the citrus family and have a sweet edible peel that makes them ideal for a homemade batch of marmalade.