My loquat tree is displaying some beautiful fruit this year. There are so many different varieties of this tree and I’m not sure exactly what mine is but she sure is beautiful! Apparantly the tree is indigenous to China. From there it went to Japan, then to Hawaii and then to California. The fruit is small, kind of pear shaped and yellowish orange in color. It has soft, downy skin, like a peach. To me the fruit itself tastes like a cross between an apricot and a peach. Sometimes sour and sometimes sweet, (I guess you could say “tartly sweet”)-but very juicy.
I’ve never made anything with the loquat before, but maybe this year I’ll attempt to…. Why not, I’ve got so many!!! The fruit is very fragile though so not sure what would work. I have been hunting for some recipes and have come across some– mostly for jams and jellies. I did notice that they could be poached is syrup or made into pies or tarts. So if any one has had some experience or a recipe they have tried with this unusual fruit I would sure be interested in it… I would like to try something before the birds eat them all!!!