Kumquat Marmalade with Orange Blossom Water

Wake up your taste buds with this refreshing and aromatic kumquat marmalade with orange blossom water.

Kumquat Marmalade with Orange Blossom Water by FamilySpice.com

I have professed on my blog before about my love affair with jam. Nothing makes me smile more than a jar of sweet, fruity jam. No matter how many diets I go on, my ultimate breakfast food is toast with cream cheese and jam. Jam. Jam. Jam. And it’s not just for summer fruit.

My daughter loves kumquats. They are in season now and are truly a wonderful snack for the kiddos. You can pop them in your mouth, easily enough. They are incredibly portable and travel well. And their bright orange color make them happy and very appealing.

Don’t let the sour fruit scare you. The skin is sweet,  not bitter like it’s other citrus cousins. The entire kumquat is edible.

Kumquat Marmalade with Orange Blossom Water by FamilySpice.com

Making homemade jam is a family tradition. My grandmother, aunts and my mom all are avid jam-makers. So the art of making jam is second nature to me!

For this Kumquat Marmalade, most of the tedious work is from removing the seeds. Hard to believe that these tiny orange jewels have such big seeds.

Personally, I think kumquat marmalade is much more delicious than any orange marmalade. The secret is the skin. Kumquat skin is remarkably sweet. And my kumquat marmalade has the addition of orange blossom water. You can find that in middle eastern stores. It adds a subtle fragrant floral dimension to your kumquat marmalade. You can also use rose water, too.

Kumquat Marmalade with Orange Blossom Water by FamilySpice.com

Jams are perfect with your morning toast, tarts, cookies and even a simple cheese platter. And if you can your jam, they make gorgeous gifts!

Kumquat Marmalade with Orange Blossom Water

Sweet and sour kumquats make an incredibly beautiful marmalade accented with a bit of floral orange blossom water. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 12 oz kumquats
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water


  1. Cut in half and remove seeds from:
    • 12 oz kumquats
  2. Slice halved kumquats into rings and place in a nonreactive saucepan.
  3. Heat saucepan over medium heat and stir until dissolved:
    • 1 1/2 cup water
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  4. Once mixture starts to foam and boil, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until mixture thickens, about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, then stir in:
    • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Cooking Tips: You can substitute orange blossom water with rose water.

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Yield: 20 servings

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What is your favorite jam?  

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6 Responses to Kumquat Marmalade with Orange Blossom Water

  1. Dear Laura,
    kumquats marmelade is almost my favorite. Besides, remind me my grandmother who had 3 or 4 trees of kumquats in her courtyard (how many times I ate this little fruit directly from them!!)
    Hoy lovely memories….
    Thanks for sharing with us your recipe.

    • That’s such a beautiful memory, Marisa. There is nothing sweeter than plucking kumquats from the tree and enjoying them right away!

  2. I haven’t done much jam this year because I’m the only one who eats it and sometimes I can’t justify cooking just for me. I haven’t made kumquat marmalade since I lived in Orlando. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous.

  4. Soureh Sedigh at #

    This looks LOVELY!!! As soon as I can find some kumquats around here, I am making it.

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