Kumquat Salsa

Kumquat Salsa

Kumquat is an Orange like fruit with the size of more of grapes. It is a small citrus fruit and has comparatively thick skin with a bit of sweetness but predominantly sour taste. Kumquat is native to China, mainly in South-East Asia. But many of my friends have these shrubs in their backyard nowadays. There are many ways we can use this fruit and one of the easy ones is Kumquat Salsa. I use Kumquat Salsa as a condiment and also pair it with a variety of dishes as well as just enjoying it with chips.

I first saw this fruit in our backyard when my plant-loving husband fell in love with this shrub at a nursery and decided to bring it home. None of us has ever seen nor tasted Kumquat before. Growing a Kumquat tree is quite easy and very rewarding. At present, the shrub is in full bloom and looks amazing with dark green leaves and bright orange fruits all over. Now that we have it in our backyard I found that it is quite interesting. I and the kids often pop one or two of them while taking walks around the backyard. But it is hard to consume more than that as it is. So I started my experiments and will share the success stories here. Kumquat Salsa is one of the easiest one, that takes a few minutes to prepare and even fewer minutes to consume.

Kumquat Shrub from our Backyard

Doing some search on the web I found that Kumquat has many nutrients that are good for our health. It is rich in vitamin C, and fibers along with antioxidants. Thus it can help boost Immunity and combat Obesity. There is much other good information on Kumquat here.

This recipe is only a four-ingredient recipe. Those are Kumquat, salt, little sugar, and green chilies. You can also add red onion, colored bell peppers, chopped cilantro as per your taste and choice keeping the base intact. I put the Kumquat, salt and green chilies on a food chopper and chop them finely. If the fruits are ripped enough you hardly need to add sugar. I do use this base for many other purposes like side for my kabobs, or pair them with any fried frittatas.

Yields 4-6

Kumquat Salsa

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Cup of Kumquat
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1-2 Green Chilies (as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Optional
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Cilantro leaves


  1. Add Kumquat, salt, green chilies, and sugar in the food processor/chopper
  2. Pulse in high for couple of minutes, till finely chopped.
  3. If adding additional ingredients, chop them fine.
  4. Add all ingredients and adjust the salt and sugar.
  5. Enjoy!


The prep time can vary depending on the additional ingredients and time to prepare them.


lacto vegetarian
ovo vegetarian
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



107 cal


32 g


2 g
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