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Kumquat Marmalade

Kumquat Marmalade

It’s kumquat season! If your tree is going bonkers, or you have access to fresh kumquats, you may be wondering what to do with these unique fruits. I’ve been using kumquats in various recipes, but this is my favorite.

You only need kumquats, sugar, and water to make this fresh marmalade.

Slice kumquats crosswise to make 5 cups, removing the seeds as much as you can. This is the tedious part.

You will go through various emotional stages as you slice the small kumquats.

Cup 1: Oh, how pretty!

Cup 2: This isn’t so bad.

Cup 3: Wow, it really took a long time to just slice that last one cup.

Cup 4: This is ridiculous. Who is even going to care that they are sliced in rounds?

Cup 4.5: Almost there…you can do this…

Cup 5: Yay! I’m done! I am never going to so this again. Next time I’m just going to chunk them in a blender.


Chunking them is totally acceptable, but I do like how the slices turned out.

My next batch may be a mix of both, though. 🙂

Boil with 6 cups of water for 5 minutes. This is a good time to skim off any seeds you missed.

Let cool, then set in fridge overnight.

Mix in 4 cups of sugar. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches 220°F or passes the gel test.

Ladle into prepared jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Can pints or half pints in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Yield: 5 half pints
I was concerned that just using kumquats wouldn’t give me enough jelly between the rind pieces, but it turned out that there is plenty of sparkling jelly.

I love the look of the thin strips of rind and the few circles that were left after the cooking process. If you prefer more bites of peel per bite, you may want to process some of the kumquats.

For other two ingredient jams, check out my post on strawberry jam (my husband’s favorite!), and  peach jam.

Look for my Strawberry Kumquat Marmalade recipe soon!


Who has a good kumquat recipe?


I took an extra loop on my walk the other day, and it yielded an unexpected benefit. I noticed that a neighbor had loaded kumquat trees! I wondered if she was interested in exchanging some kumquats for some kumquat marmalade.

When I went back to ask for some, she was so excited that she offered to help me pick them!

Within a few minutes we had harvested about two gallons of the perfectly ripe fresh kumquats.


I have had kumquats and strawberries in various stages of cooking, soaking, and macerating over the past few days. I can eat maybe 5 plain at a time. They are delicious, but not something that I can just sit and eat in one sitting, like say, grapes. I need serving suggestions.

Here’s what I’ve got so far.

1. Kumquat Marmalade

2. Strawberry Kumquat Marmalade

3. Candied Kumquats

4. Cinnamon Kumquats from the Ball book

5. A strawberry kumquat-ade type drink(definitely need a better name for it!)

6. Kumquat Preserves

How do you like to eat kumquats? What we would do you do with so many kumquats? I may go take her up on her offer to go back and get more, but I want to make good use of what I have, and not waste these delicious little fruits.

I know I have some creative and resourceful readers- what are your ideas?