I stopped at a fruit stand this weekend to look at early strawberries, still can't believe that in December and January they are picking berries in Louisiana but sure enough they were and they are beauties too. So we stopped at the stand and I run with all the grace of a 52 year old woman with mechanic's knees to the stand to check out the berries. I swear I must have ADHD or something, I looked at the berries, smelled them ( I tend to smell Everything from socks to interesting things fallen from trees), I held the berries and then promptly put them down and picked up Kumquats, paid and went to the truck. I am proud of my find when the boyfriend looks at me and asks how the berries were? I so totally forgot about the strawberries and can not for the life of me tell you why I bought kumquats instead. I have been peeling, freezing and canning citrus for a month and was looking forward to the smell of something different in the house like strawberries. He was kind enough to wait a little longer so I could go and get what we had actually stopped for. Nice berries but this is about the kumquat battle.
As I was researching recipes for the little orange orbs, most all the recipes for them called for slicing into beautiful thin discs. I found that this was WAY too labor intensive as I would be cutting though the amazing amount of seeds the little things contain. First I cut the ends off into little discs as I thought these would make really a really cool garnish for Lemon Drop Martinis if I candied them. (that will be another post unto itself I suppose)
I tried cutting them in half lengthwise and squeezing the seeds out but this proved to be futile.
OK, check this out, 6 cups of kumquats gave me almost 1/2 a cup of seeds! I soaked the seeds for a couple of hours and got a cup of pectin out of it. That's kinda cool but still not worth the effort unless you are mindlessly bored.
Next is Satsuma Vanilla Bean. You have to pick your battles. This is sure to be a winning combination!