Kumquat, the Fruit of the Mediterranean Region, and Its Benefits

The colorful and tasty plants, vegetables and fruits gifted by nature not only serve the taste buds and gastronomy, but also heal. Various vegetables and fruits grown under different climatic conditions in different regions of our country have also become the symbol of that region. Kumquat is one of these symbol fruits. This pretty product, a symbol of the Mediterranean Region and meaning "golden orange" in Chinese, is the size of a large olive.



Looking like an orange and being an extremely healthy snack, it is a fruit of which peels and seeds can be eaten and which can be consumed as a fruit, as well as jam, marmalade and even pickles. Kumquat, which can be used in desserts or for seasoning cookies and cakes and adorns the salads, is also very rich in vitamin C. Kumquat, a product with a powerful antioxidant content, protects the body against diseases through the minerals contained in it.



Belonging to citrus family, kumquat blooms in July and August in the Mediterranean Region and ripens in September. If not removed, kumquat can remain on the plant for about 1 year. Resembling a small orange, this fruit has an interesting structure containing not only vitamins but also proteins. Let's tell about the benefits of this pretty and tasty fruit of the Mediterranean Region.



*Kumquat is effective in boosting the immune system and lowering bad cholesterol.

*It helps balance blood sugar.

* Due to its low calories and filling property, it replaces a snack that is also consumed willingly by those on diet.

*Kumquat fruit contains vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, C and E as well as calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, selenium, copper and zinc minerals and plenty of dietary fiber.


*It lowers the risk of lung cancer.

*It regulates the digestive system, helps to relieve complaints such as indigestion, bloating and gas.

*It helps prevent formation of skin wrinkles and acnes.

*It helps absorption of iron in foods.



*It supports the protection of bone and dental health.

*Due to its antiseptic property, it has a soothing effect when applied on insect bites.

*The essential oils contained in it have an aromatherapy effect.

The longer you chew the kumquat,  the longer the aroma will persist on your palate. 

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