The kumquat is thought to be native to China. Mentioned in Chinese literature from 1178 A.D., it is especially esteemed there. A unique member of the citrus family, kumquats are small, about 2 to 2.5 inches long and oval-shaped. Their thin, orange skin is edible and quite sweet. Inside, the pulp is tangy and tart and contains small seeds, also edible. With no cholesterol or saturated fat, one kumquat has about 12 calories. Known as “the little gem of the citrus family,” kumquats are an excellent source of fiber and contain potassium, calcium, vitamin B and vitamin C. Kumquats are irresistible any way you enjoy them – in salads, preserves, stuffings, or simply out of hand.