Candied Kumquats in Vanilla Syrup
Have you ever eaten a kumquat? Until recently, I definitely hadn’t. I’ve always seen them at the grocery store – in the organic, exotic fruit area. And heard they were great raw or dried. But never tried them. Then I saw that Melissa’s was offering them and decided, I was gonna do it! I was going to eat a kumquat!
According to Melissa’s website, kumquats are little orange citrus fruits that resemble a large olive. They’re skin is edible and sweet and their flesh is sweet and tart and quite juicy! They taste like a sweet and tart orange, but better. Typically they’re grown in China and Japan, but are also grown here in the US.
I decided to candy my kumquats – I thought having some slightly sweetened and tart kumquats would be perfect. I love candy or dried fruit on my morning yogurt and always throw it into salads. It’s an easy way to add a bite of sweetness to dishes.
Part of why I love, love, love this recipe, is not only the candied kumquats, but the delicious vanilla/kumquat syrup that’s leftover. A hint of vanilla, the sweet juice from the kumquats all mingled together in a syrup?! Yum! It’s perfect to use in salad dressings, drizzle over yogurt or ice cream, as part of marinades or glazes….it’s super versatile. Store in the fridge, it’ll last for several weeks! The candied kumquats can be stored in the syrup or let them air dry for 24 hours and store in an air tight container.
Candied Kumquats in Vanilla Syrup:
- 16 oz kumquats, washed and sliced lengthwise
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed and set aside
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Bring the water, salt, sugar, vanilla bean halves and seeds to a low simmer.
- Carefully add in the kumquats and simmer for about 45-60 minutes or until kumquats are translucent and the syrup has reduced by at least half. Syrup will have thick bubbles when finished.
- Allow to cool to room temperature. Store in a glass jar or tupperware in the refrigerator. Syrup will thicken as it cools – if you want to loosen it up, microwave for about 1 minute.
- Serve over yogurt or ice cream. Candied kumquats are also great in salads or other areas you’d use dried fruit!
The ingredients in this post were provided free of charge from Melissa’s. Recipe created and developed by BeanAFoodie. I did not receive any kickbacks or payments from featuring Melissa’s in this post – just got to cook with delicious produce!