Loquats are a type of fruit that grows on trees in mild temperate regions. They look like a cross between cherries and apricots, and they’re very sweet with a subtle citrus tang.
Eat them raw, as they’re naturally ripe, or enjoy them sliced. They’re similar to apples, though they tend to oxidize sooner after being cut, so it’s best to eat them when they’re a little bit softer.
Use them in smoothies, sauces, or jellies & jams. They’re also delicious in pies.
Prepare them for cooking: Peel, seed and halve the loquats. Discard the papery white membrane that surrounds the seeds.
Make your own jelly: Mix the juice with sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the pectin, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Boil until jam is ready, about 30 - 40 minutes. Pour into jars, top with lids and tighten bands. Process in a hot water bath to seal.
Loquats are incredibly nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals. They aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve digestion, enhance immune function and heart health, promote healthy skin, and strengthen brittle bones. They’re also high in fiber, which keeps your appetite in check and helps you control your carbohydrate intake.