You probably noticed at your supermarket a fruit that irresistibly resembles small oval oranges. That is kumquat, also known as Chinese orange.
Kumquat belongs to the family of citrus fruit, a delightfully tasteful, and you can eat it with the peel. Available throughout the entire year, it was grown initially only in China, and today its production is developed all over the world. Like most citrus, kumquat contains large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as phytonutrients that protect us against the harmful influence of free radicals.
Kumquat strengthens immunity
It is an excellent source of vitamin C, containing 73 percent of the recommended daily dose. Due to the similarity of vitamin C concentration, it is excellent for strengthening immunity, and it protects during the cold days, against flu, and other common infections.
It improves cardiovascular health
By consuming kumquat, you lower your high cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood, which affects the condition of blood vessels and flow, so as reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke. It is rich in potassium that maintains a good level of fluid in the body, which is of great importance for good blood pressure and heartbeat. In addition to all this, healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are essential for the health of the cardiovascular system.
It raises the level of energy
This unusual fruit is great to be found in your morning shakes because it is an excellent source of riboflavin that has proven to speed up metabolism and help digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is very useful for fast energy.
Protects against diabetes
Because of all the antioxidants that go together with healthy dietary fiber and omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids that keep triglyceride levels under control, kumquat is excellent for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Protects against carcinogenic diseases
Kumquat contains large amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C, but also vitamins A and E. Vitamins also contain proper amounts of carotene, tannin, zeaxanthin, pectin, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, elements that protect the body from free radicals that are responsible for the emergence of many diseases.
Use in cooking
Before eating this fruit rub it between your fingers, to release the juices and oils that have a sweet citrus taste and, in this way, will be much tastier. It tastes most like tangerine, and the only difference is in shape, and the bark is soft enough to be eaten. From this fruit, just like other citrus fruits can be prepared jams, juices, pies.