Strawberry Loquat Nectar

Fresh strawberries / Photo by E. A. Wright
Fresh strawberries / Photo by E. A. Wright

Fresh Loquats

Loquats growing on a backyard tree / Photo by E. A. Wright
Loquats growing on a backyard tree / Photo by E. A. Wright

A Recipe For a Homemade Loquat Drink

Loquats are a juicy, bright-yellow fruit with a sweet, mild taste. They can be eaten fresh off the tree, but they also shine when paired with strawberries in a sweet, homemade fruit nectar.

Finding loquats may be difficult if you don't grow your own, but once you have located a supply of fresh loquats, making fruit nectar is a relatively simple process with a large payoff.

This recipe makes enough to fill a large pitcher with fresh strawberry loquat nectar. That's enough to give about 16 people a cup-sized taste.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of smoothly pureed strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups of smoothly pureed loquats
  • 1 cup of sugar plus 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 gallon of water (that's 16 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon of Meyer lemon juice

Kitchen Equipment

  • Blender
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cups
  • Stew pot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Serving pitcher

What To Do

  1. Finely puree the strawberries and the loquats in a blender.
  2. Strain the strawberries seeds out of the puree.
  3. Pour the fruit into the stew pot and add sugar, lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the water.
  4. Boil the mixture for five minutes, then chill.
  5. Combine the concentrated fruit mixture with the rest of the gallon of water.
  6. Serve the fruit nectar chilled; ice cubes are optional.

More About Loquats

A cluster of fresh loquats / Photo by E. A. Wright
A cluster of fresh loquats / Photo by E. A. Wright

Loquats

In texture and in the yellow-white color of its flesh, the loquat is reminiscent of a pear. But loquats are much softer and juicier. Loquats have a rounded, egg-like shape, and they are slightly larger than kumquats, but smaller than plums.

Loquats were first grown in China but have since spread around the world. In the United States, they've ended up as backyard trees in parts of the South and in California. They are rarely sold in conventional grocery stores.

How To Prepare a Loquat

To prepare a loquat for use in fruit nectar, the seeds and skin need to be removed.

The skin of a loquat is very thin and peels away easily, but it rarely comes off all in one piece. (This can make preparing a large number of loquats a tedious process.)

To remove the large, smooth, hazelnut-shaped seeds from the heart of the fruit, cut the loquat in half lengthwise and pluck out the seeds and the tough, surrounding membranes.

Try using any leftover loquats in a loquat-berry pie.

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dealrocker 6 years ago from California

Mmmm.... You brought water in my mouth. I'm going to try some of your recipes. Liked all of your other hubs. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join me. :)


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happypuppy 5 years ago

I love fresh loquat. Never thought about pairing it with stawberry. Thanks for a great idea!

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