Kumquat Marmalade

Kumquat Marmalade

1 pound fresh kumquats (organic, if possible)
4 ¾ cups granulated sugar
3 ½ cups water, divided
2 bay leaves
Pinch salt
Pinch pepper
Juice ½ lemon
1/2 (1.75-ounce) package powdered pectin

Cut the kumquats in half lengthwise, discard seeds.

In a large deep pan, combine sugar, 3 cups water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add the bay leaves, salt and pepper, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Mix ½ cup of water and pectin together. Add to the pan, stirring well.  Bring to a boil, simmer and cook about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; discard bay leaves, and skim foam off top. Yields about 4 cups. 


A kumquat is a small and charming citrus fruit that may seem useless. Eaten fresh, its peel and pulp, does not have such an invigorating flavor, and it is filled with giant seeds. As a food, it may not be as tasty, but as marmalade it has an exotic flavor. It is a delicacy to impress even the most discerning guest.

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