Kumquats, which resemble a tiny orange, are a popular treat during the Chinese
New Year season, as they are a symbol of prosperity for the coming year.
- 1 pound kumquats
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- Use a knife to cut a slit at both ends of the kumquat, or stab the kumquat several
times with a (sterilized) needle.
- In a medium-size saucepan, add the sugar to the boiling water at medium-high
heat, stirring. Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes,
until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the fruit. Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, until the kumquat is
tender (Adjust the heat up or down as needed to keep at a simmer; the total cooking
time should be about 45 minutes).
- Place the kumquat in sealed jars and refrigerate.