George Limequats

This is George. George is the owner and farmer of Betty B.’s Ranch out of Ramona, California.He’s been there since the late 70’s and owns over 30 acres. He’s only got crops on less than half of it, due to the water shortage. We first met about a year and a half ago when I was still selling my stuff at the La Jolla farmer’s market.

At the end of the day I’d go around and trade my leftover pastries for produce and groceries, and I stumbled upon George and his citrus. Lucky for me George has a sweet tooth and a grand daughter, too. Most grand daughters have a sweet tooth…

Here in California, it is always citrus season. There are also about 14 million citrus farmers at every market. But George is different. His passion for his craft is contagious. He is genuinely excited about his produce. I love that.

When we met, I was making yuzu tarts with fresh yuzu from a friend’s garden. Yuzu is incredibly hard to find fresh, and these things were selling faster than I could make them. But I gave one to him because I knew he’d appreciate it like no other. And then he told me that soon he would have limequats. Limequats!? Yeah, limequats.

A limequat is a hybrid of a key lime and a kumquat. I grew up eating kumquats off of a friends tree. With there candy sweet tartness and edible skin, they were the perfect afternoon snack for a couple little girls that hated to have to wash up before lunch. Eventually I learned to loathe those little bastards when I had to candy a trillion of them at a time at a very busy restaurant. It wasn’t the candying of them that I hated, it was how long it took to slice them paper thin and remove all of their seeds. But a LIMEquat!!! Yes, please.

George also grows orangequats. By now I’m sure that you can tell by their name what they are…a cross between an orange and a kumquat. While a limequat is about the same size as a kumquat, and orangequat is about the size of a small tangerine. Last year, with the orangequats, I made an orangequat upside down cake. In my mind’s eye, it was beautiful, with it’s perfect layers of thinly sliced, glistening orangequats. In reality, it was heinous looking. So heinous looking, in fact, that I didn’t want to sell it. It was, however, unbelievably delicious. So I gave it out as samples to lure people in. I ended up selling the whole thing.

The limequats were the perfect garnish for my yuzu tarts. I candied them even though it brought back horrific memories of being knee deep in the weeds with kumquat slices. Nowadays, I’m doing something a little more rewarding with those candied limequats, and I suggest you do the same, if you can get your hands on some. George and his citrus can be found every Sunday at the La Jolla Farmer’s Market and also up in Santa Monica a couple times a week.

Candied Limequat Mojitos

makes enough for 2

  • 4 oz white rum
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 10 candied limequat slices (recipe follows)
  • 2 Tbsp candied limequat syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz soda water
  • turbinado sugar for rim of glass

Wet the rim of two glasses with a lime and dip in the turbinado sugar. Add crushed ice to each glass. In a cocktail shaker, add the mint leaves, limequat slices and syrup and lime juice. Muddle until leaves are broken. Add the rum and shake to mix. Divide between two glasses, top with soda water.

Candied Limequats

  • 1 pint limequats, washed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch salt

Slice limequats as thin as possible, discarding the seeds. (Leaving the seeds in will make the syrup bitter.) Bring sugar, salt and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add limequat slices. Remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. These will keep, covered and refrigerated for a very long time.

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    Feb 20, 10 at 3:11 am

    We always go to the Hillcrest Market on Sundays but I really want to get up to the LJ one (haven’t been to it in years). George sounds like a great guy!

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