My Garden- Oval Kumquat

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There are Oval Kumquat Trees,
it belongs to citrus fruits and can eat,but the fruit rind of citrus oils have a strong odor, so some people like and do not like it.

Yilan County in northern Taiwan, the largest output, because the terrain is cold northern winter, so it is suitable for growing fruit.

Most mountainous Hsinchu Sinpu are hilly type, but also very suitable for planting citrus.

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Insects do not like the strong smell of citrus plants, so the pest is not much, so this is the most organic fruits.

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My daughter helped me pick the fruit, after I wash fruit, then add hot water and cook for three minutes, so astringent fruit can be removed.

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Add sugar and a little salt, simmer for 20 minutes,I saw the fruit becomes golden color and a little transparent,it is ok!

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Kumquat fruit cooked through and the skin is not very sour fruit, eat in the refrigerator can be extended period of time, tea or jam are good.

金棗,芸香科,金柑屬。
庭院裡種植4株金棗樹,不出兩年的光景,已儼然成為半人高的小樹,金棗性喜冷涼,新竹山間偶有低溫,氣候陰濕,柑橘果樹適合生長,金棗樹從夏季八-九月開花,十二月開始結實纍纍,陸續採果約40公斤左右。
採果洗淨之後,先放入滾水殺菁,去除澀味和殺菌,摘去蒂頭後,將每顆果實劃刀,加入冰糖和些許鹽,文火慢煮,待果實成金黃泛亮半透明狀,汁液滲出,不加半滴水,冷藏可食用較久時間。
金棗又稱金橘,長壽金柑,宜蘭人稱牛奶柑,在本草綱目記載:金棗味甘、性溫和、理氣、化痰、潤肺、止咳、健胃整脾,普遍肯定其『食療』功效,金棗果實顏色金黃美觀,故名「金棗」或「金橘」,在年節之際尤添喜氣。

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