Kumquats are small fruiting trees that bear small fruits about the size of a large olive. They display dense foliage and the foliage is a very attractive dark, glossy green. The plant is native to south Asia and has been cultivated for centuries.
Kumquats are very heavy producers of fruit for such a small tree. They make wonderful house plants for colder climates and their flowers and appearance enhance any indoor setting. Kumquats are used ornamentally in many residences even when they are not gown for their fruits. Kumquats are much hardier than most other citrus plants and can withstand frosts and temperatures below freezing for short periods.
This fruit is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Kumquats are used in for cooking, preserves and jellies. They are also popular for salads.