Camquats or the the English name "kamquat" is derived from the Cantonese word "gam gwat", meaning golden orange. This citrus fruit has a sweet rind and acid pulp, and is used generally for preserves. This plant is native to China. In America, kamquats are grown in California and Florida.
Kamquats can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. They can eaten raw or can made into marmalade, preserves, sliced and tossed in salads, added to cocktails etc..
You can make marmalade out of this citrus fruit or you can make a refreshing drinking using grass jelly.
1 pound Kumquats
1/2 pound to 1 pound Sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
2 cups Water
2 cups Water
Wash the kamquats, soak in water overnight. Slice them and remove any seeds. Add the 2 cups of water and bring the kumquats to a boil over high heat. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until rind is soft. Measure the kamquat mixture and add equal amount of sugar or less according to your preference. Add lemon juice, a pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. Stir occasionally to prevent the marmalade from burning.
Take a spoonful of jelly and cool it to see if it has thicken. If it has not jelled yet continue cooking.
Pour marmalade into sterile jars. Allow to cool, and store them in the refrigerator.