Hi everyone! About a week ago I wrote a little about our garden and fruit trees. Today, I’m here to share a recipe Omer and I used to make loquat jam! Okay, first of all, what is a loquat? Well for the longest time we thought our loquat tree was a kumquat tree, but after further investigation we realized we were wrong. Loquats grow all around the world in subtropical climates. One of the best places to grow them in the U.S. is right here in Florida! These little guys grow in clusters and ripen rather quickly. They are related to the apple, pear, peach, and nectarine. Loquats are fuzzy, tart, juicy and contain several large seeds. As you can see below, we ended up with more seeds than loquats!
Over the last few days, we were able to pick about 6 cups of loquats from our tree. We decided to make jam out of these little gems! I found a very simple recipe here. We cut the recipe in half, added a bit more water, and it worked out great!
Here is what we used:
- 6 cups loquats
- 4 cups water
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 saucer/plate (place in freezer beforehand)
After removing the seeds of each loquat, slice in halves and throw into a large pot with the water and sugar. Let everything boil for about 5-7 minutes then remove the lid and let simmer on medium/low heat for about 2 hours. Every 30 minutes or so, mix the fruit and mash with a large spoon.
Once you see that the fruit has turned into an amber color and most of the liquid has been evaporated, use a hand blender (or other blending device) and carefully blend until desired consistency. Spoon a small amount of the jam onto the cold plate and let sit for about a minute. Touch the jam with your finger and if you feel that it is no longer runny, then it’s probably done! Spoon the hot jam into sterilized jars, wipe around the rims, and screw on the lids. Our jars sealed themselves within a few minutes without turning upside down. We were able to fill four small jars :)
We tried our finished product this morning at breakfast, and it was delicious! The texture was a bit thicker than I expected for our first batch, but nonetheless it was a success! Once the other loquats are ready to pick, I’d like to make marmalade using loquats and oranges. I hope you enjoy!