Kumquat May

Wist and I went along and saw Ethan Johns in concert last night.
It finished late, but I thought I’d quickly slip in a food challenge nonetheless.
Well, to be honest, it was a premeditated food challenge… weeks in the

You see, in early January I bought a pack of Kumquats from Sainsbury. A
large pack, for just shy of £1 sterling.

I popped them in the fridge.

And forgot about them.

They went off.

No matter I thought, I’ll just pick up another pack from Sainsburys next
time I’m there.

Alas, the next time I was there they were out of stock. 

And the next week.

Tesco weren’t stocking them for some reason, and neither were Waitrose.

A cold sweat gripped me as I pulled out my phone and scanned a blog about

‘Generally available between November and January.’



I’ve missed the season.

So no kumquat until November 2013, but the challenge finishes in June…

I was beaten.

Then one bright, breezy February day, Wist suggests we take a stroll to
Fortnum and Mason as they have Kumquat marmalade.

(Surely THAT would count, I figured.)

But marmalade didn’t need to count – Kumquat’s were still on sale in Fortnums!

Sure they were £14 to the kg, but they were fresh and in the country nonetheless.

We bought three whole kumquats.

It cost just shy of a £1 sterling.

And candied them as a post gig snack.

They were pretty bitter – certainly needed the extra sugar I think. 

And I wouldn’t choose to have them again.

But nice to have tried something new in the citrus family.

1. Jellied Eels
2. Pig Cheeks
3. Sweet Meats
4. Bubble tea
5. Dried Insects
6. Quails egg
7. Creme de menthe
8. Frogs legs
9. Snails
10. Kangaroo
11. Nettle tea
12. Oysters
13. Steak Tartare
14. Dandelion Wine
15. Gazpacho
16. Pea Soup
17. Root beer float
18. Gnocchi
19. Ox Heart
20. Squirrel
21. Spotted Dick
22. Souffle
23. Kumquat

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