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.
Interest continues to grow with tangible results now being seen in markets across Europe and Asia. Capacities remain at around 5 MT per annum but thoughts are in place to expand capacity given current interest and on-going development work at the end user level. The growing area is said to be well protected from any unusual climatic conditions and therefore similar levels of production are expected during 2018.
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