Kumquat

Citrus japonica

The Kumquat (Citrus japonica), also known by its Chinese names 金桔 (jin ju) and 金柑 (jin gan), is a very popular plant commonly grown during the Chinese New Year festive season. The Cantonese translation of its name, ‘Gam gat’, literally translates into gold and luck respectively. As such, it is believed by many Chinese to be an auspicious plant which symbolises wealth and prosperity. The Kumquat is a compact tree which bears fruits that resemble small, round oranges. These fruits are often eaten raw or added to salad. They may also be candied and eaten, used as garnishing for dishes, or made into jam.

Learn more about this fruit here.

(Photo credit: Jane Li)

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