Oval – Nagami
Fortunella margarita (Lour.) Swing.
Kumquats and their hybrids
January – April
The Oval Kumquat originated from southern China. It is described in Chinese literature as early as 1178 B.C. Nagami, the name of the variety, refers to its Japanese name. It is the most cultivated kumquat in the world, mainly in China, Japan, Taiwan and the USA. Israel is the main European producer. The name of the species, margarita, comes from Latin (margaritus, -a, -um), which means “pearl”, in clear reference to the small and shiny fruits of this kumquat.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous and very productive tree, with great ornamental value. Oval fruits, of intense orange color, pleasant flavor and small size. Sweet and edible rind, although the essential oils are more present than in other kumquats. Acid pulp with few seeds.
It is consumed fresh and whole, thus combining the properties of a sweet rind and an acid pulp. It is also candied whole in syrup (typical in Hong Kong). It is processed for the production of jams and other desserts. It is also macerated for the production of liqueurs. Cooking attenuates the acidity, and then is served with meat or fish.