Cherished in small gardens and a necessity for anyone interested in self-sufficiency are these two types of citrus with small fruits, the calamondins and the cumquats, also spelt as kumquat. A lover of these mini-citrus trees, Paul Plant looks into their differences, how to grow them and how to use them in the kitchen.
Big is not always the best, nor necessarily the easiest to grow. Think
about tomatoes – big fleshed varieties such as ‘Ox Heart’ seem to be much harder to grow than the small sized Cherry Tomatoes. Likewise, the smaller fruiting citrus of calamondins and cumquats seem to be easier for the majority of gardeners, having less problems and yet more prolific in production.
(x Citrofortunella microcarpa)