Earmur, a citrus company based in the Region of Murcia, has opted for the cultivation of kumquat, rather than other traditional citrus fruits. To do this, it has 5 hectares in the Sierra de Carrascoy, in the municipality of Murcia, with 2,400 kumquat trees, which produce between 80 and 90 kilos each. The total production of the farm is estimated at about 120,000 kilos, and next year, the volume is expected to grow by almost 70 percent.
The kumquat is a small-sized orange (between two and four centimeters in length), with an intense color and a weight of between 10 and 20 grams. Just like the rest of citrus fruits, the season lasts from December to May. It reaches an average market price of between 2 and 2.5 Euro per kilo.
The countries buying this fruit the most are France, with 50 percent of the total, and Germany, with 40 percent. The remaining 10 percent stays in Spain.
The fruit is not easy to distribute as far as the logistics are concerned, since it is sold in 2.5 kilo boxes and must be kept refrigerated.
The kumquat is a citrus that is consumed fresh, and its peel is edible. It is sweet on the outside and sour inside, unlike the rest of citrus. It has a much thinner peel than mandarins, and it can be kept between four and seven days at room temperature and about three weeks in the refrigerator.
This fruit is in great demand for the manufacture of jams and sauces.