Height: 35cm |
☘ Origin: Philippine
☘ Family: Rutaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Citrofortunella microcarpa
☘ Common Name(s): Calamondin · Philippine Lime · Philippine Lemon · Acid Orange
A symbol of good luck and prosperity and a traditional gift at Lunar New Year, which is why they are a common sight in Chinese households. The words orange and tangerine sound like the words for luck and wealth in Chinese, not to mention the orange or golden color resembles gold or money.
These small trees make nice gifts and are often presented to friends and business associates during the region’s most important holiday.
Acid Orange: It is naturally very sour, and is used in various condiments, beverages, dishes, marinades, and preserves. Calamansi is also used as an ingredient in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines.
If you have room for a larger tree and can place it near a big window, add an orange tree. They're considered the most yang of all fruit. Feng shui practitioners use oranges, orange peel and oil in many blessings and cures. It's seen as creating instant vitality and positive chi.
Place oranges or an orange tree in the common area of the home to bring vitality to all family members.
The Calamansi (or Philippine Lime) possesses a distinct tangy sourness that's unlike any citrus fruit. Many have described its flavor as distinct, like a cross between a lime and an orange.
☘ Good source of antioxidant vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E and B-complex vitamins.
☘ Good source of flavonoid antioxidants like carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin and tannins minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc.
☘ Health benefits of kumquats include their ability to regulate digestion, boost the immune system, and improve skin, hair, dental, and eye care.
☘ Boosts metabolism, encourages weight loss and has anti-aging properties.
☘ They also reduce your chances of developing diabetes, lower your cholesterol levels, strengthen your bones, and improve nerve health.
☘ In Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, Kumquats are often smashed with honey, ginger, or even salt and made into a tisane to heal colds and flu.
☘ The essential oil of the Kumquat peel contains much of the aroma of the fruit, and is composed principally of limonene, which makes up around 93% of the total.
☘ Brines and extracts of Kumquats have been used for various medicinal purposes over the years.