Round – Marumi
Fortunella japonica (Thunb.) Swing.
Kumquats and their hybrids
January – April
The Round Kumquat, or Marumi, is native to southern China, but it is one of the most widely cultivated kumquats: Australia, America, Europe, Korea and, mainly, Japan, which is where its better known name (Marumi kinkan) comes from. Its main characteristics are the great resistance to cold of the plant, being able to withstand up to -20°C, and the rounded morphology of its fruits.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Small tree, compact in appearance. Oval leaves, of a soft green color. Small fruits, rounded to subglobose morphology. Smooth rind with essential oil pockets quite visible, aromatic, thin and bright yellowish orange. Thick albedo. Scarce pulp, acid, pale orange. It has seeds.
Its consumption in fresh is very popular, especially in Korea and Japan, although they are also prepared whole in conserve (sweet or salty) and used for the preparation of jams.