|Maybe you have one of these trees and just don't know how to use this
wonderful fruit. One tree can produce a ton of fruit. There are many great recipes available. First of all, kumquats are delicious straight from the tree. No need to peel them
nor deseed them. In fact, if you rub them between your palms, you will release more oils in the skin and they will become sweeter. You will taste both the sweetness from the
skin and the tartness from the inside. And this fruit is great in salads, and in many other recipes.
The name 'kum-quat' literally means "gold-orange". These trees are native to, and prevalent in, Asia -- specifically in China and
Indochina. They are also cultivated in Japan and in the United States (in warmer states). Although the trees are grown for their sweet, edible fruits, they are also used as
ornamental plants because of their shiny leaves and delicate white flowers that bloom in the summer.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Preserves
Q: What is the difference between a jam, a preserve, a jelly and marmalade?
A: This is a common question. A jam and preserve are the same -- they contain chunks of fruit or pureed fruit. A jelly is made from the juice of the fruit and a marmalade
is a jelly with suspended citrus rind.
Q: Where do you get the fruit for your jams?
A: Our citrus fruit for our marmalades comes from the Riverside area and also our own trees. The berries are from Northern California, Oregon and Washington. We also get
fresh vegetables for some of our products from the Los Angeles produce market.
Q: What is the shelf life of your jams?
A: Our jams, jellies, and marmalades have a long shelf life, typically about 2 years. Some light colored products may darken with age but the flavor will remain.
Q: I notice that sometimes your jams crystallize, why?
A: We make all of our jams using pure cane sugar for optimum flavor. Because this sugar is not an invert sugar, it tends to 'crystallize' when refrigerated. This means
that sugar crystals appear. The jam is still good. To make the crystals disappear, place in your microwave for about 15 seconds (remove the lid). We recommend that you store our
jams at room temperature, even after opening. The shelf life after opening is about 6 months. If refrigeration is required, there will be a note on the label.