Jan 17, 2009

Mandarinwhat? Mandarinquat!

I was checking out the citrus at Central Market the other day and ran across these little gems. Had never seen or heard of them before. They are a hybrid of mandarins and kumquats. Like kumquats, they can be eaten, rind and all. But watch out for seeds. The flesh is like a slightly tart mandarin, but the rind is very mild, floral and sweet.

Now I'm trying to decide what to do with them... they could be candied, chopped or sliced into a salad, turned into marmalade, a sorbet, or made into a drink. One of our favorite Vietnamese eateries, Tam Deli, makes a great lemonade-style drink with kumquats. That sounds really refreshing. Would make a great homemade soda too.

What would you do with them?


Anonymous said...

I would make mini-pies and serve them with a dollop of whipped cream.

Brooke said...

I'd cut them in half (if they're tiny...they look tiny), muddle them in a glass, add a touch of some kind of nice rum, a splash of simple syrup, maybe a dash of citrus bitters, some ice and shake the hell out of it. Pour it into a fancy glass (salt rim? spiced rim?) and serve!