LIMEQUAT

Limequats are citrus fruits of Chinese origin, and are a mixture between lime and kumquat, although more oval. Their skin is also edible.

Characteristics

They have a green skin with a sweet flavour and the pulp has a bitter, acidic and sweet taste.

If the fruit ripens in the tree it acquires a yellowish colour, at which point it is called lemonquat. In this case it would be a mixture between kumquat and lemon.

Benefits and properties

  • They contain a large amount of vitamin C.
  • They help lower cholesterol and absorb iron from food.
  • They have very few calories, so they are used in diets.
  • They mitigate the effects of anaemia.
  • They help treat any infection that affects the respiratory system, as well as sore throats..

Storage and selection

Limequats stop ripening once collected, and can be refrigerated for a few weeks.

If we want the fruit to change into a lemonquat, then we should wait for it to ripen on the tree.

Preparation

Both limequats and lemonquats can be eaten whole, including their skin. In addition, they can be used in juices, cocktails, sauces, marmalades and jams.

They can be consumed fresh with olive oil and salt or used in salads, smoothies, desserts, etc.