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Centennial Kumquat fruit
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:11:21 PM »
My Centennial Kumquat fruit is about three inches long, deep orange pigment and tear drop shaped. It shows no variegation but the foliage does. I though this one had round golf ball size fruit that was variegated.

How does yours look?

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 09:27:03 AM »
You are describing the way the fruit should look.  They are definitely not round.
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2014, 02:37:22 PM »
Good to know. I found it tasty and will go in-ground this year!

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2014, 11:56:05 AM »
Mine have not been nearly that long and they are variegated.  However, the variegation pretty much disappears when it's ripe.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2014, 12:02:04 PM »
My fruit is also variegated until ripe. Once they are ripe the variegation disappears.

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Mine have not been nearly that long and they are variegated.  However, the variegation pretty much disappears when it's ripe.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2014, 12:03:09 PM »
Yeah I have had workers comment on my watermelon tree. Taste is improved greatly by keeping them on the tree as long as possible. Super slow growing tree though. I understand why the larger ones cost as much as they do.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014, 12:28:09 PM »
Yeah I have had workers comment on my watermelon tree. Taste is improved greatly by keeping them on the tree as long as possible. Super slow growing tree though. I understand why the larger ones cost as much as they do.

Watermelon Tree??
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2014, 12:38:09 PM »
I would guess because the fruit is variegated = striped kinda looks like a minature watermelon.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2014, 12:48:51 PM »


I would guess because the fruit is variegated = striped kinda looks like a minature watermelon.


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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2014, 01:04:36 PM »


I would guess because the fruit is variegated = striped kinda looks like a minature watermelon.


Never heard of it called that.  Also, is that a picture of fruit on your tree?  I have probably seen a hundred of Centennial trees produced here in Florida and have not seen the fruit shaped like that.  Everyone I have seen from start to finish have had a distinct teardrop shape.  I will take and post a picture if I can.
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2014, 01:35:10 PM »
No that's not from my tree. I am currently out of town. When I get home this weekend I will post photos of fruit from my tree. My tree has been fruiting for about 4 years now . What I have observed is when the fruit is green and immature the fruit is more rounded as it gets larger and mature I see the more distinct tear drop shapes.

How long have you been growing and fruiting yours?

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2014, 01:47:26 PM »
No that's not from my tree. I am currently out of town. When I get home this weekend I will post photos of fruit from my tree. My tree has been fruiting for about 4 years now . What I have observed is when the fruit is green and immature the fruit is more rounded as it gets larger and mature I see the more distinct tear drop shapes.

How long have you been growing and fruiting yours?

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3 years, and now that you mention it and I think of it, when in its smaller stage they may have a more rounded shape.  I will have to check if I have any smaller fruit when I get home or I will check atthe nursery tomorrow.
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2014, 01:53:28 PM »
Good deal! Any way its my favorite kumquat! It's an ornamental plant even without fruit. But I have been able to hold a few fruit on my tree most of the year probably due to moving it in and out of the greenhouse.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2014, 02:17:51 PM »
Is centennial kumquat sweet?  I have not had good luck with kumquats in the past, but they were store-bought so probably low quality. 
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2014, 02:29:31 PM »
Is centennial kumquat sweet?  I have not had good luck with kumquats in the past, but they were store-bought so probably low quality.

Centennial are nothing like a Meiwa or nagami (Nagami are the common commercially sold kumquats).  No, they are not sweet.  Sour actually but in a good way.  Skin is very thin (like a Red Lime but thinner) with a sweetness to it.  The inner flesh is like that of a "normal" citrus, not kumquat-like at all.  Very juicy.  I do not like Meiwas or Nagamis but I love the Centennial and I am not a big fan or sour/tart fruits for the most part.
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2014, 02:30:03 PM »
I find it to be sweeter than the others that I tried in the past. The fruit has a better over all flavor to me.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2014, 02:38:20 PM »
I find it to be sweeter than the others that I tried in the past. The fruit has a better over all flavor to me.

Ed

Ed - that is odd.  I wonder if growing in different locations has a different effect on the taste.  Do you find it tart/sour at all?

Jeff - when you come up I should be able to have a fruit for you to taste.
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2014, 02:44:48 PM »
sounds great. 
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2014, 02:55:10 PM »
Rob,

I have noticed all the citrus that I grow is sweeter when exposed to freezing temps. It does have some tartness but a nice sweet/sour balance.

Ed
I find it to be sweeter than the others that I tried in the past. The fruit has a better over all flavor to me.

Ed

Ed - that is odd.  I wonder if growing in different locations has a different effect on the taste.  Do you find it tart/sour at all?

Jeff - when you come up I should be able to have a fruit for you to taste.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2014, 10:10:50 PM »
Ok here is a couple photos of my Centennial fruit.

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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2014, 10:20:23 PM »
Ed - yours are definitely more round than what are on mine and all of the specimens I have seen and sold, which are more oval/teardrop shaped.
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2014, 10:26:16 PM »
I have noticed as they ripen they are more tear drop shaped when fully ripe. These have a little while to go before harvest. I will post more photos when I harvest the fruit.

Ed
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Re: Centennial Kumquat fruit
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2014, 10:32:03 PM »
I will try and post pictures however I have been having issues posting pictures.
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