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cactusman8
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9056781

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?
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2012
6:22 AM

Post #9057286

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.

And yes, I will give my ex a jar of them. :)
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9057287

http://www.loquatworld.com/LoquatRecipes.html
cactusman8
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #9058434

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.
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2012
1:21 PM

Post #9059398

It's hard to believe, isn't it? We're already feeling summer here during the day... I am so dreading July and August... And I do love summer! Just not eight months of it!

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