|Copyright: Murray Lines (MLINES)
|Date Taken: 2011-08-28|
|Camera: Canon IXUS 300 HS|
|Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-08-27 18:08|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Cumquats seem to be doing better this year, maybe all the winter rains have helped. Cumquats have compact foliage and lovely fragrant flowers. They belong to the genus Fortunella, although they were once classified with their close relatives, the Citrus. There are two varieties, the Nagami and the Marumi (often sold as the Australian cumquat or calamondin). |
The cumquat is probably the most overlooked of all citrus varieties. Cumquats produce small fruits with intense flavour that should be used widely in cooking, but they are not. Forget finger limes and Tahitian limes, cumquats are a better choice. You can use the peel, zest or the entire fruit in making everything from cheesecakes to liqueurs.
Nagami: the ‘Nagami’ cumquat is the best one for eating straight off the bush, as it is the sweetest. Eat them skin and all. The fruit are oval in shape and about the size of a large olive. It’s an excellent pot plant. The tree grows 3-4m tall.
Calamondin: previously sold as ‘Marumi’ cumquat, the fruit are flattened, like mini mandarins. This is the best of all cumquats and is the nearest to the variety used for Chinese New Year celebrations. Calamondins fruit several times a year, with the main crop in winter. The bushes are dense, the best looking of all citrus in containers. This is an awesome pot plant. A beautiful variety with variegated leaves also is available. Calamondins are not quite as pretty in the ground, where they reach 3-4 m.
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I love Cumquats. I have it in our garden and on my photos gallery.
this is a nice and natural capture. lovely freshness of colors. nice play of light. splendid bricks wall in BG for the oval shaped fruits.
pleasant to view.