Have a loquat tree grown from a seedling that is now loaded with fruit. Theyr'e a bit too tart for my taste fresh (actually a lot too tart), so I'm considering making loquat preserves. Has anyone out there done this and did they like the end product?
Cactusman8, I just made loquat jam yesterday! My ex has a huge, bountiful tree and I just couldn't stand all those fruits just going to waste - far more than the birds would ever eat. I had some on toast last night and I liked it a lot. Just be sure and remove the seeds, as, like peach pits, they are poisonous. I wound up putting in about four cups of sugar to probably two gallons of loquats (I don't like super-sweet) and was very pleased with the results. Some recipes call for cooking it to death and some just until tender; I cooked the fruit, barely covered with water, for several hours before adding the sugar. Beautiful and tasty.
Thanks, brigidlily for your reply and the site with the recipes. I will most likely try the pickling recipe since that is something I understand (I pickle anything that can't get out of the way) and it requires a lot less cooking time. That's a consideration now that temps here are approaching 90.