Monday, February 1, 2010


As the Chinese Lunar New Year is just two weeks' away, I went with my mum and aunt to choose a Kumquat tree to decorate our house for the festival. For your information, the Chinese consider this plant as auspicious because it sounds like gold in Chinese.

Here is information about the kumquat.

Common names: Kumquat, cumquats

Family: Rutaceae

Genus: Fortunella

Fortunella crassifolia
Fortunella hindsii
Fortunella japonica
Fortunella margarita
Fortunella obovata
Fortunella polyandra

The kumquats or cumquats are a family of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, in the genus Fortunella which is often included in the genus Citrus. The edible fruit closely resembles that of the orange (Citrus sinensis), but is smaller and is often oval.

Medicinal use:
A few salted kumquats with a few teaspoons of brine/juice may be mixed with hot water to make a remedy for sore throats.


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