From Garden to Table: Harvesting and Preserving Nagami Kumquats

Nagami kumquats are small citrus fruits that are known for their tart and tangy flavor. They are often used in cooking, baking, and even as a garnish for cocktails. If you have a nagami kumquat tree in your garden, you may be wondering when and how to harvest these delicious fruits. In this article, we will guide you through the process of harvesting and preserving nagami kumquats, so you can enjoy them all year round.

Harvesting Nagami Kumquats

Nagami kumquats typically ripen in late winter or early spring, depending on your climate. The best way to determine if they are ready for harvest is by their color. When the fruits turn a vibrant orange hue, they are ripe and ready to be picked.

To harvest nagami kumquats, simply twist the fruit gently until it comes off the branch. Be careful not to pull too hard or you may damage the tree or leave behind a stub that could attract pests or diseases. It’s important to handle the fruits with care to prevent bruising.

Preserving Nagami Kumquats

Once harvested, there are several methods you can use to preserve nagami kumquats and extend their shelf life.

Refrigeration: If you plan on using the fruits within a week or two, storing them in the refrigerator is a great option. Place them in a breathable container or perforated bag to allow air circulation while preventing moisture loss.

Freezing: Freezing is an excellent way to preserve nagami kumquats for longer periods of time. Start by washing and drying the fruits thoroughly. Slice them into thin rounds or halves if preferred. Lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them into an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

Canning: Another popular method of preserving nagami kumquats is canning. Begin by washing and sterilizing your canning jars and lids. Prepare a simple syrup by combining water and sugar in a saucepan, then bring it to a boil. Add the washed and halved kumquats into the syrup and simmer for about 10 minutes. Carefully pack the kumquats into the sterilized jars, leaving some headspace, then pour the hot syrup over them, ensuring they are completely submerged. Seal the jars tightly and process them in a water bath canner according to recommended guidelines.

Using Nagami Kumquats

Now that you have harvested and preserved your nagami kumquats, it’s time to put them to good use. These versatile fruits can be used in various culinary creations.

Culinary Uses: Nagami kumquats add a burst of flavor to both sweet and savory dishes. They can be used in marmalades, jams, sauces, dressings, or even candied as a sweet treat. Slice them thinly and add them to salads or roast them with vegetables for an extra zing.

Baking: Incorporate nagami kumquats into your baking endeavors by using them as a substitute for lemons or oranges in recipes like cakes, tarts, or pies. The zest of these fruits adds a unique citrusy aroma that complements many desserts.

Beverages: Nagami kumquats make excellent additions to beverages such as cocktails, mocktails, infused waters, or hot teas. Their tangy flavor pairs well with various spirits and herbal blends.


Harvesting and preserving nagami kumquats allows you to enjoy their vibrant flavor all year round. Whether you choose to refrigerate, freeze, or can them, these preservation methods will help you make the most of this delightful citrus fruit. Experiment with different culinary applications and discover the versatility of nagami kumquats in your kitchen. So go ahead, harvest those ripe fruits from your garden and get creative in the kitchen.

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