Loquats are members of the pome family, which includes apples, pears, and quince. The flesh of a loquat fruit ranges from white to yellow to orange and is a combination of tangy and sweet. It's been said that they taste like a combination of peach, plum, and cherry. The fruit is ready to eat when soft. Loquats can have anywhere from three to five brown seeds in them. Like apples, loquats have a high pectin content.
Loquats can be used to make pies, jams, wine, chutney, and syrup. In Chinese medicine, loquat syrup is used to soothe coughs. Loquats can be eaten raw and are a good addition to fruit salads. They can also be poached and stewed. The skin and flesh are edible, but do not eat the seeds - they are toxic. Bruising on the fruit is fine.
Loquat Recipes To Try:
• Loquat Crumble - CD Kitchen
• Loquat Apricot Chutney - Pham Fatale
• Loquat Recipe Collection - from jam to wine to cobbler!
• Loquat Salsa - Hot Sweet Spicy Recipes
• Loquat Sorbet
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