Japanese Kumquat Marmalade (金柑ジャム, きんかんじゃむ)

Mmm...Kumquat Marmalade

One of my students, Kyoko, who heard that I was leaving, personally delivered some homemade, Japanese marmalade this morning. I mentioned Kyoko in my Japanese Hospitality article; she is one of those students that really goes out of her way to make teachers feel welcome in Japan. Her family has hosted dinner parties for some of the foreign teachers at her very own home. The marmalade is made from kinkan, きんかん, or kumquats which are small fruits which resemble oranges. I’ve never had a kumquat before, but all I can say is that this marmalade is delicious! Because the marmalade included a bit of the peels, and it gave the jam a sweet taste with just a hint of bitter. It definitely has the refreshing, citrus zing of oranges and reminds me of the orange marmalade that my grandmother would make in Florida (Florida in the U.S. is famous for its oranges). This marmalade will make some great PB&J (peanut butter and jelly for those who don’t know) sandwiches. As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to end this post here. I’m going to go to my local import store to pick up some real-deal, imported, Skippy peanut butter, buy some whole wheat bread from my local grocery store, and get down to business. Oh yeah…can’t forget the glass of milk!

おいしいそう (Oishi so),

Donald Ash

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  • Ms. Hoshino

    You are lucky then. I love kumquats! They are so little. One must be careful not to eat too many fresh kumquats because they are so acidic they can do damage to your teeth.

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