Useful qualities of an unusual kumquat
Exotic fruits are not only unusual and tasty, but also very useful. For example, a kumquat is definitely worth a try.
What is this fruit?
Kumquat is a fruit of an evergreen, undersized tree, reaching a height of 1.5-2 meters. It belongs to the citrus family and is grown in countries such as China, Japan, Greece, Southeast Asia, the southern states of the United States and some others.
The name of this unique fruit is translated as “golden orange”. There are also other names: Kinkan and Fortunella. In nature, there are several species of kumquat, the most common are Hong Kong, Maeve, Marum, Malay, Fukushi and Nagas.
The fruits are similar to small oblong oranges, their sizes usually do not exceed 2-4 centimeters in width and about 3-5 centimeters in length. The skin is rather thick, but soft. What is the taste of this fruit? Skin has a tart-sweet taste, so it is used for food. The flesh itself is usually sweet-sour, resembles a slightly underripe orange (some varieties look more like tangerines).
The composition of kumquat includes the mass of nutrients.Among them, such as polyunsaturated and unsaturated fatty acids, essential oils, pectins, fiber, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, monosaccharides, potassium, calcium, copper, sodium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins C, A and group B. Calorie content of 100 grams of fruit is about 70 calories.
Useful properties of Kumquat:
- First of all, it should be noted that kumquat is very useful for immunity, because it contains a large amount of vitamin C.
- Ascorbic acid helps to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, due to which it protects against atherosclerosis and some other vascular diseases.
- It has long been observed that kumquat has bactericidal, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that make it possible to alleviate the condition both in bacterial infections and in fungal infections.
- Potassium, which contains a lot of it, is needed to strengthen the heart muscle, so that kumquat can be considered a very effective means of preventing myocardial infarction and certain other heart diseases.
- B vitamins are necessary for the normal functioning of the nervous system,so regular use of the fruit will help to improve its work: to eliminate nervous tension, improve sleep, increase stress resistance, get rid of depression and apathy, reduce the risk of neurosis. And if you are suffering from insomnia, you can put a few cut fruits or even skins at the head of the bed.
- Kumquat is useful for digestion, as the fiber, which is part of it, significantly improves the motility of the intestinal walls.
- This citrus helps to eliminate toxins and slags from the body.
- Kumquat peel can be used for inhalation for respiratory diseases such as laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, or a runny nose. The positive effect is due to the presence in the composition of essential oils that have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Kumquat can help lose weight. First, it does not have many calories, and secondly, it contains substances that accelerate the process of burning fat.
- The benefit of this fruit is also that it has a mild diuretic effect and therefore helps to normalize the kidneys.
- Peel and pulp do not accumulate nitrates, and this is also a definite plus.
How to choose?
To enjoy the taste and benefits of kumquat in full, you need to choose high-quality fruit. First, they should be of medium size. Secondly, a ripe kumquat should be soft enough, as if elastic. Thirdly, the peel should be rich orange, shiny. On its surface there can be no stains, damage and cracks. Fourth, it is worth assessing the smell. It should be citrus and fresh.
How to store?
Kumquat can be stored in the refrigerator for about three weeks. It should be well washed, dried and placed in the department for fruit. And if you put the fruit in the freezer, they will retain their properties for six months.
How to use?
It is best to eat kumquat fresh, in this form, this fruit retains maximum beneficial properties. But no less tasty and healthy is the dried fruit, which resembles ordinary dried fruits (its caloric content is much higher, so you should not abuse it).
In addition, kumquat can be used to prepare interesting snacks, hot fish or meat dishes, as well as side dishes. And it is also used to create a variety of sauces, especially sweet and sour.And, of course, various desserts are made from this fruit: jellies, candied fruits, casseroles, confitures. If desired, juice can be obtained from the pulp.
Like any other fruit, kumquat has contraindications. These include, above all, diseases of the digestive tract, accompanied by increased acidity of gastric juice. Not worth the risk and kidney disease. It must be remembered that kumquat can cause allergies, and strong ones.
- It is better to buy kumquat in proven large stores, and not on spontaneous markets.
- If the fruit is not ripe, then put it in the sun for a couple of days.
- Try decorating with a kumquat any dish or cocktail.
If you have not tried kumquat yet, then do it as soon as possible!
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