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Nordmann Seedless Nagami Kumquats
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Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats grow on short-statured leafy green trees. The small fruit measures 4 centimeters in diameter and forms an oval or teardrop shape. Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats have a thick skin, that is smooth and covered in tiny lenticels (pores). The outer peel is a light orange and the inner flesh is seedless with a sweet pulp. The entire Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquat is edible and offers an overall sweet citrus flavor with a slight tartness.
Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats are available in the early spring.
Nordmann Seedless kumquats are a cultivar of Nagami kumquats, botanically known as Fortunella margarita. Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats were first discovered in 1965 in Florida, about 20 miles south of Daytona Beach. The original ‘Nordmann Seedless’ kumquat tree did not survive an unseasonal freeze one winter in Florida, but budwood did survive and at the beginning of 2009 three, second-generation trees were still growing at the site of the old nursery. Today, Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats are grown in limited quantities in California.
Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats are a good source of calcium, vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium. They are also a source of niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats are best eaten fresh. Roll the small citrus in between both hands, pressing gently to release the essential oils in the skin, and eat whole. The fruit can be halved or quartered and added to salads or savory sauces. Serve Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats for dessert by adding the juice to ice creams or baked goods. The small citrus can be candied to preserve or use as garnish on baked goods. Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats are ideal for making jams and jellies thanks to their high pectin content. Store fresh Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquats in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Nagami kumquats are native to China, where they are called Luofu. The Nagami kumquat was originally classified under the umbrella of the Citrus japonica designation. In 1915, the plant was given its own genus, Fortunella, after Royal Horticultural Society plant explorer Robert Fortune. He had introduced the kumquat to London from China in 1846. The Fortunella genus includes six Asian species.
Nordmann Seedless kumquats were a surprise mutation (sport) found growing on a Nagami tree in an orchard belonging to George Otto Nordmann. Nordmann discovered the seedless citrus and planted a few trees at the entrance to his family’s small nursery in DeLand, Florida, where they sold a few of the trees as ornamentals. After the nursery was sold in 1997, budwood from the Nordmann Seedless Nagami kumquat was given to the Florida Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration and then subsequently to the California Clonal Protection Program in 1999.
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