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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kumquats Preserved in Honey and Rose Water

These sure turned out pretty. I think they are just what they should be. I'm not crazy about raw kumquats, and these preserved kumquats are pretty darn sour, but I think they are what preserved kumquats should be. The floral aroma of the rose flower water is the perfect compliment to the sour fruit and sweet honey. I think these would be great with something rich, like pound cake or cheese cake.

My process was based loosely on this recipe. Many of the recipes I researched requested that the kumquats be left whole. As you can see, mine had a lot of seeds. One recipe suggested fishing them out one end of a whole kumquat with some kind of tool. I might be fussy, but I'm not crazy! I cut mine in half to ease seed removal and so the floral design of the segments could show.

Kumquats Preserved in Honey and Rose Water
3 1/2 lbs. kumquats
2 3/4 cups honey
5 cups water
1 cup sugar
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp. rose flower water

Prepare jars, lids and boiling water bath.

Wash the kumquats. Cut them in half and pop out the seeds. Place the kumquats, honey, water, sugar and lemon juice in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer until the kumquats are translucent and the syrup reaches 220 degrees. Remove from heat and skim foam. Stir in the rose flower water. Carefully ladle into prepared jars. Wipe rims and cover with lids and rings. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait 5 minutes. Carefully remove the jars to a towel lined tray. Let stand over night. Test seals and label.

Makes 6 half pints

Update 2/17/12
I was able to make this again and this time I actually like it - a lot! I made some alterations because the amount of kumquats I had to work with was 2 pounds, rather than 3 1/2. I reasoned that extra honey kumquat syrup could not be a bad idea, so I kept most of the other proportions. I cooked them a little longer and ended up with a gelled syrup rather than a thick, honey like syrup. Here are the changes:
2 lbs. kumquats
2 1/2 cups honey
5 cups water
1 cup sugar
(I omitted the additional lemon juice. It was plenty acidic.)
1 tbsp. rose flower water


  1. These would be amazing in a Christmas cake... I might have to make some for Christms 2013

    1. Yum! I would love to see these used in a cake. Do you have a basic recipe that you use?