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What to do with limequats

Philippa was getting us some fruit & veg and saw some tiny lime/lemon-like things. "What are they?" "Limequats. Cross between a kumquat and a lime." "What do you do with them?" "Dunno, we haven't sold them before." So she bought some.

The internet didn't have much useful advice for us - apparently you can make preserves with them but, well, what about food for tonight?

We've tried a few things. I did a baked fish thing with them that was blooming dreadful, but I think I just picked the wrong fish at the market, that's the main reason. Philippa made a sauce for gnocchi where she squeezed the juice from a handful of them and used that, which worked fine but given how tiny they are it's a lot of effort to juice them all, and the flavour is pretty mild cos you're using the juice and not the peel (they're also too small to have a good go with a peeler...)

So what I recommend is: rinse them, chop them in half, and then throw a handful of them into a sauce, letting them cook for 5 minutes or so. That way, you'll get flavour from the juice and the rind, and also the flesh softens nicely and can be scooped out and eaten.

It makes for a very decorative dish - you don't want to eat the entire things so you'll be leaving the rinds on the side of your plate, but that's not too much of a faff.

We've cooked them that way in a pink wine sauce for gnocchi, and a meaty tomato sauce for pasta. They add a nice zesty flavour and a bit of interest. The flavour's not much different from lime or lemon, so using the whole (halved) fruit like this kind of makes the most of their unusualness.

Friday 17th September 2010 | food | Permalink
Comments:
Name: foodie
Email: good2go art rocketmail dort com
Date: Monday 29th November 2010 00:03
If they're anything like kumquats, they should also be edible whole and raw, i.e. basically make great snacks (and preserves) but not much else.

Although if they are edible whole then chopped w/ the peel they could be added to a salad, added to a fresh citrus & fruit salsa perhaps.

cheers!

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