The cheese platter has just gotten more exciting. Kumquats offer a pinch of puckery tart sunshine to any cheese course. Kumquats are small, compact orange colored fruit, meant to be eaten with the skin on (just be sure to give them a good rinse first). A chunk of Semifreddi's Fred Bread with a kumquat and runny brie is a particularly delicious combo. Although the kumquats look like tiny oranges, they are definitely more tart and strongly flavored. Biting into the citrus skin gives an initial rush of strong pucker power that lasts. I look forward to preserving some in sugar syrup, as well as introducing the kumquat to vodka. Pre-dinner cocktails never looked so good.