A cure for kumquats

Preserving tradition

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Preserved Kumquats

James Carrier

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Preserving lemons with salt, a common practice in the Middle East and North Africa, makes them a powerful seasoning agent. Treated the same, little orange kumquats undergo a similar metamorphosis.

They also become particularly attractive, making a tasteful gift. Use them in any recipe that calls for preserved lemon, or in the simple red pepper relish at right, to serve with chicken, pork, beef, lamb, fish ― or salad.

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