On Sunday I decided to drive down to my sister’s house to bring my nephew James a 4 foot firetruck floor puzzle that I bought for him at a fundraiser rummage sale I went to this weekend. I stopped at Starbucks for a coffee and Whole Foods to grab a muffin when I ran into kumquats in the produce section. I had heard of kumquats but didn’t know what they tasted like or how to eat them. They were the size and shape of cherry tomatoes and looked just like mini oranges, with a rind and everything. The sign above the display said something vague about citrus. I decided to give them a try and knew my sister and nephews would be excited to try them with me.
So after James put together his firetruck puzzle (which he did in about 15 minutes because, obviously, he is a genius), we decided it was time to try the kumquats. James was excited, I was determined, my sister was leery, and Luke didn’t really have a clue what was going on (to be fair, he’s only 2, and was smiley and happy throughout the kumquat-tasting process).
Good old e-How told us that kumquats had seeds, but we could eat them just like a grape – rind and all. We decided since we had a 2 year old and a 6 year old, it’d be nice if we took the seeds out for them. So my sister cut up a few kumquats and diligently picked out the few seeds. They smelled citrusy and wonderful and we got ready to try them:
Jen and I “cheers!”ed our kumquats and popped them into our mouths, rind and all. My teeth crunched down and – BAM! – holy sour! Way too sour. Unbearably sour. My face puckered, I spit my half-chewed kumquat in the trash, then ran to the sink and sloshed water all around my mouth. Jen somehow managed to swallow her kumquat (and later complained her stomach was puckering) and we howled laughing at how funny it was. Then we looked over and saw James, happily eating his kumquat and looking at us like we were crazy.
He loved those crazy sour oranges! He asked for more and eagerly gobbled them down, occasionally making the sour pucker face, but loving it the whole time. Luke didn’t care to try a kumquat, but he thoroughly enjoyed holding one in each hand and tossing them around the table.
So the verdict is: Jen and I hated them! Way too sour to be enjoyable. James loved them and I think they’ll be on Jen’s shopping list for weeks to come. If Luke ever decides to try them, I’ll keep you posted