The Wonderful Kumquat
Cold and flu season is upon us, and it’s time to bring out the heavy arsenal of health care products: cough drops and syrups, tissues, hot soup, and kumquats. Wait, kumquats? What’s a kumquat?
- It is high in fiber (100 grams of kumquats have a whopping 6.7g, or 17% of your RDA for fiber, nearly 3 times as much as an equivalent serving of orange).
- It contains abundant anti-oxidants, including carotenes (14 times as much as an orange!), tannins, etc.
- Many healthful essential oils are found in the peel, such as limonene, which is has anti-microbial properties (naturally helping to fight those germs).
- In addition to Vitamin C, it also contains Vitamins A (25% more than an orange), Niacin (a B-Vitamin, at double the amount of an orange), and Vitamin E, all of which help remove damaging free radicals from the body and thus help to protect and heal us from infections.
- A significant amount of minerals are found in the peel, as well. 62mg of calcium (50% more than an orange), as well as copper (more than double that of an orange), magnesium (nearly 10 times), manganese (6 times), zinc (2 times), and especially iron (11 times as much as an orange!)