Our two loquat trees are producing in abundance. It’s been cool to see the development over the months and I’m trying to not let it go to waste! We’ve shared the fruit with the birds, and we’ve gathered and eaten them off the tree.
I did a search on the web for loquat recipes and there are some. I would love to learn to make wine, but that’s not in the cards this year.
I’ve made loquat bread (will share soon) and now I can add loquat jam to the list. I actually made a batch that ended up way, way too sweet for our taste, so Brian went out and pulled some more for our second attempt.
I bought some jelly glass mason jars so that we could give away some as gifts.
I tried two different methods, and this one was the easier one. Chop the ends of the loquats and empty the seeds.
Put the rest into a large pot.
I used around 8 cups of water (enough to fill up the loquats), the juice of 2 lemons, and 4 cups of sugar. After it got going and simmered for a while (30 or so minutes in), I tasted it for sweetness. I ended up putting back the overly sweet previous batch, mixed it all together, and it was good.
I simmered until most of the liquid was gone, and stirred every so often. After a couple of hours, when it was thickened, I used our blender, pureed it in batches, and put it back into the pot.
Make sure your jars are clean, use new lids, and start pouring it in! They end up sealing themselves.
My jars came with fancy stickers and I used it to make it look all pretty.
Whew! The most time consuming part was seeding the fruit. It was taking so long that I asked Brian to help me and we got pretty efficient at it.
Have you had loquats before? They’re pretty good! They taste like a cross between a peach and a plum. The downside is that they are small (like grape tomatoes), and it takes effort! My family peels the skin of the fruit too, but that’s totally optional.