Kumquat oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit Fortunella japonica using a cold pressed method. It is native to South Asia, the Asia-Pacific and South America regions.
Kumquat is a short tree with orange coloured fruits similar to that of orange, but with an oval shape.
Kumquats consist of many isolates including limonene, alpha-pinene, monoterpenes, and many others, which have some beneficial effects on the body, as well as fibre, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, beneficial fats, and vitamin A.
As kumquats have a very sweet but tart flavour, they are popular for garnishes, cocktails, jams, jellies, preserves, candies, and desserts. Furthermore kumquats are used in a number of types of liqueurs and flavoured teas.
Kumquat notes have been very popular in modern perfumes. In various perfumery and aromatherapy accords it is known to blend well with some spices including cinnamon, ginger, clove and black pepper as well as some woody notes such as vetiver and sandalwood.
There is considerable awareness, and efforts are being directed towards development work at the end user level. Blueprints are in place for capacity enhancement, which currently hovers around 5 MT per annum. The existing cultivated areas are well insulated from unusual weather situations; and the projected figures for the year are somewhat similar to the current average.
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