Height: 143cm |
☘ Origin: Southern China
☘ Family: Rutaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Citrus japonica
☘ Common Name(s): Comquot · Gold 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.
Kumquat name comes from the Cantonese kam kwat, which means "Golden Orange."
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.
☘ Kumquat has been called 'The Little Gem of the Citrus Family', and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
☘ 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.