“If life throws you lemons…make a lemonade”, as the saying goes.
This phrase simplifies to basic principles; first, be grateful for the situation, and second, make (something)? The best (?) out of it.
Nicely said, for I love lemons! There are sooo many things I can think of making with lemons…
This time, though, in “Chacra La Serena”, life didn’t throw lemons at me, it threw kumquats, and pretty many of them, two full trees. Really? Kumquats?
Here in South America, kumquats have a third grade place in the citrus kingdom and nobody reallly knows what to do with them besides marinating them with alcohol and turning them into high spirits, or into liquor. (Hey, listen, nothing against some liquor, I am planning to develop a cocktail out of it…)
But in my entire sobriety, what to do with all the f****** kumquats? (Yeah, apart from being grateful)
“The lemon-kumquat metaphor” as I like to call it, gave me the space to dig into our own (human) reactive nature. Life throws things at us (call it lemons, kumquats, situations) and we react. If we are grateful and we take action and do something about it, great.
Still, what about not waiting for life to throw anything at us? What about getting things out of life? What about choosing other fruits? What about creating situations to have other fruits to choose from?
This is the point of going beyond the reaction-action. This is creating-action. And believe me, this gives you a tremendous sense of power. Even if life still throws things at you, if you are patient enough to see the seeds of your proactivity work their way, you see life changing because of you.
So, here I am, thankful for the kumquats, posting a recipe with them and simply, well digging in and planting other trees! So next time life will not only throw me kumquats, I will get lemons, limes, grapefruits and summer oranges! In the future, all the visitors to “Chacra La Serena” will wake up to a whole new fruit path!
But for now, on we go with kumquats. I have fond memories of kumquat trees, since one of our dearest friends had one. Most of the time this only fruit tree was full with these little fruits. That should have meant something to us, basically that not even birds or worms wanted them….. Yet yes, again and again we were tricked into the sweetness of their peel, we just thought they were cute little oranges. And yet it was no again, getting to their bitter sour insides.
Now, after the “acquired taste” kumquats seem more appealing to me than ever. Having learned that they are packed with…let me tell you, more things than I thought possible; they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals (copper, calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese’s), and fibre.
- vitamins A, B’s, C, and E which are important for keeping away degenerative diseases.
- omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids like the ones found in cold water fish that are important for cardiovascular health and for preventing strokes.
- great antioxidants that help prevent cancer and also lower the risk of hardening of the arteries and reduce inflammation and arthritis.
And as an extra, 2/3 of a cup of Kumquats contains more protein than you get from a hand full of nuts!
Recipe for a kumquat healthy juice:
½ cm fresh gingerroot
½ big cucumber
1 sweet potato (yam)
Pass everything through a juicer, add ice cubes.
PS: Friday night option…add vodka. I guess that all the goodness contained in the juice will diminish de guilt of the vodka!