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Kumquat Marmalade

I didn't even know what a kumquat was until my husband and I discovered them in southern Florida. Now I love using them for marmalade. I always get carried away making it and am happy to share! —Faye Robinson, Pensacola, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Process: 10 min.
  • Makes
    7 half-pints


  • 1-3/4 pounds kumquats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 6-1/2 cups sugar


  • Rinse kumquats; cut in half and remove seeds. Place in a food processor; process until coarsely chopped.
  • In a Dutch oven, combine kumquats and water. Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into seven hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Editor's Note
The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

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  • Jane
    May 16, 2020

    Excellent!! Have made several batches and all were good and very easy. Use the lemons! Seeding the kumquats is the hardest part. Cut them across the “fattest” part. The seeds will be right there and easily removed.

  • Paula
    May 14, 2020

    I tried this for the first time yesterday. I cut the sugar by about 25% and it is still plenty sweet. It is really a great recipe... easy and delicious. I highly recommend it.

  • Pamela
    Jan 6, 2020

    We raise kumquats and this is the recipe I have ever used for ease, freshness of citrus flavor. I cut the sugar back 20% on 2nd batch and added the the zest of 2 large lemons and juice. Made it better for fresh citrus taste. If u like super sweet taste; then keep sugar same; but add lemons. I have made 5 batches so far!!!!