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8 Citrus Fruit You Should Be Baking With Now

We're creeping towards the end of prime citrus season but, before it's over, there are a few fruit you should definitely try. Because while there's nothing wrong with a navel orange, have you tried its rosy cousin, the cara cara? Ever wondered what a tangelo was? They're a cross between a tangerine and pomelo or grapefruit, and they're super sweet and juicy. (Plus they make a great pudding). See all 8 fruit right this way. More

In a Pickle: Pickled Kumquats

If your citrus experience is limited to oranges, clementines, and grapefruit, eating a kumquat will feel backwards at first. Kumquats keep their sweetness in their skin and their tartness on the inside. If you try and peel away the exterior, all you'll be left with is a marble-sized bite of unrelenting sour. Instead, you pop the whole thing in your mouth and let the flavors mingle. As a pickled fruit, they're perfect on a cheese platter, alongside cured and roasted meats, or tossed with hearty green salads. More

Pickled Kumquats

Save a bit of the winter citrus season by pickling kumquat halves in a slightly spiced vinegar syrup. Eat the fruit with cheese, meat or salad. The leftover liquid can be drizzled into sparkling water or whisked into vinaigrettes. More

In Season: Kumquats

[Flickr: cbcastro] Kumquats, Asian citrus fruits that resemble small oranges, are typically eaten whole. A sweet, juicy rind and a slightly sour center actually make the rind the more appealing part of the fruit. In season from November to March, kumquats are best when firm and bright orange in color; avoid those with a greenish tint as they are not yet fully ripe. Kumquats will keep at room temperature for up to three days, and they can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Go crazy for kumquats with recipes, tips, and info, after the jump.... More

Grocery Ninja: Kumquats Are Grown-Up 'Mega Warheads'

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read all her mission reports here. Kumquats. Photograph from orphanjones on Flickr Remember Mega Warheads or Super Lemon—those insanely tart, hard candies that made your eyes squinch and your lips pucker and your head go, "Oh my! Oh my!" and then "Ahhh..." when the intense sour finally gave way to sugary-sweet insides? Kumquat cross-section. Photograph from Splat Worldwide on Flickr I remembered them this weekend, when the boyfriend brought home a box of kumquats—tiny, pixie citruses about the size of my thumb and cute as all get out. The Chinese think kumquats resemble gold ingots, so my family always had ornamental... More

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