Kumquat -

A very small orange, native to China and Japan, now under general cultivation. The fruit is generally oval in shape and the size of a small plum. The rind is sweet and aromatic, and the pulp acid - the entire fruit, rind and all, is eaten by many people. It also serves, quartered or sliced, as an excellent and very ornamental addition to fruit and nut salads, and is very good candied or otherwise preserved whole, and as jelly, marmalade, etc.

The Kumquat tree grows naturally to a height of six feet, but is usually dwarfed to two or three. At state dinners in China, and occasionally at fashionable banquets here and in Europe, the little trees are placed before the guests that they may pluck the fruit direct from the branches.

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