Changshou Kumquat (Fortunella obovata) is also called oboval Kumquat, or “fukushu”, for its particular shape.
It is considered to be a hybrid between 2 Fortunella species.
We still don’t know its origin at the moment, but we know it’s been highly grown in China and Japan for several years.
-Tree features: Plant is so compact-spherical in shape, and usually thornless.
-Leaves: Leaves are somewhat round in shape, medium-small in size, dark-green in colour.
Internodes seem to be very short from each other, that’s why of its compactness.
-Shape: Fruit is a small round to oboval kumquat.
-Flavour: Skin is so sweet, pulp has a classic kumquat aroma. Sometimes seeds can be found.
-Colour: Orange to deep orange outside.
Pulp is usually light orange.
SEASON OF RIPENESS
Season of ripeness: It starts to ripen from November to Spring, according to climate conditions.
It usually starts to bloom during Summer, but it seems to be like 4 season sometimes, because flowers can be produced in other periods too.
HOW TO USE IT
-In the Kitchen: Changshou Kumquat is delicious in the kitchen!
You can litterally eat the whole fruit because of its sweetness and its aroma.
You can use the whole fruit to be candied, to make amazing cakes and marmalades and to aromatize fish and meat!
-Ornamental: It is a nice looking ornamental plant because of its shape and its fruiting tendency.
According to our tests, in the Greenhouse, or in a covered area, it can resist to a temperature of -8°C.
This variety needs to be maintained like a normal Lemon.