Wondering what on earth to do with a loquat? These loquat recipes can help!
The sweet nectar of loquat is a heavenly treat. It’s juicy, fruity, and deliciously tropical.
Loquats kind of look like a pear-shaped apricot with very hard seeds that you don’t want to eat.
But when it comes to the flesh, there are so many fabulous uses.
From cocktails to curries, loquats can elevate your favorite foods to another level.
Whether you’re looking for a thirst-quenching lemonade or chicken dinner, you’ll find a new loquat creation or two you’ll want to give a try.
1. Loquat Jam
Have an overabundance of loquat fruit? One of the best things you can make is a jam.
Making jam at home is easier than you think.
You sterilize your jars, simmer the loquat with lemon and sugar, then give them a water bath once you’ve packed each jar.
What’s also nice about homemade jam is you can adjust the sugar quantity and there are no additional preservatives.
Tropical cocktails never fail at making you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re stuck at home. That includes this exquisite loquat cocktail.
It’s a refreshing libation with vodka, lemon, and loquat simple syrup. Top it off with soda to make it effervescent.
You can also skip the soda for a skinny version by using sparkling water instead.
If you love the sweetness of apple butter, I think you’ll enjoy loquat butter, too.
The texture is similar, but the flavor is more tropical.
The process is sort of like making jam, except you’ll want to puree the loquats and naturally sweeten them with honey.
Toast, crackers, and crostini all taste good with a smear of loquat butter. You can even use it to make a killer peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Treat yourself to a slice of loquat upside-down cake.
The bottom has a wonderful layer of caramelized loquats, while the cake has just the right amount of sugar.
I like to add a little bit of ginger powder to the loquats for a fun twist. I also love this with a dollop of fresh homemade whipped cream!
Heavenly and airy, loquat custard is a divine dessert for any sort of gathering.
It’s not heavy or overly rich, making it a fantastic way to finish off a big meal. Because sometimes, you just want a little taste of something sweet.
I recommend making a double batch. That way, there’s plenty for everybody to enjoy.
This vegan cheesecake is beckoning your sweet tooth.
Like regular cheesecake, it has a crumbly graham cracker crust and creamy filling. The difference is all the ingredients are 100 percent dairy-free.
Well, that and each tiny cake has a fruity topping of loquat jam and fresh loquats.
7. Fruit Salsa
If you love mango salsa, I think you need to give this fruit salsa a try. It’s fresh, tropical, and radiating with loquats.
Like mango salsa, you use cilantro, jalapenos, onion, and lime. Additionally, you’ll want to add orange juice to make it even fruitier.
Grab the chips and give it a try. You’ll love this stuff!
If you’ve been here before, you know I love a good margarita. As of late, loquat margaritas have been my flavor of choice.
The tropical notes of the loquat are like paradise when you mix it with quality tequila, triple sec, and lime.
What I love even more is there’s a splash of mango juice in the mix!
Do yourself a favor and mix yourself a glass of this 5-minute cocktail. It’s time to kick back and relax.
Spike your orange juice with tequila and loquat for a refreshing boozy treat.
Fresh loquat fruit and squeezed orange juice act as natural sweeteners. And so does the agave.
Toss it all in a blender, then serve it up on the rocks.
It’s an excellent summer libation that you can easily turn into a batch cocktail. So treat your pals to one!
Spruce up your strawberry jam with loquat fruit. It tastes like spring and summer all in one!
Brimming with berries and tropical, peachy notes, this fresh jam has a wonderful combination of flavors.
Smear it on your toast or add a dollop to Greek yogurt. I also like adding some to a scoop of nice cream for a healthy treat.
Speaking of healthy treats, you can happily share these yogurt pops with your little ones.
These four-ingredients popsicles are naturally sweet and nutritious.
I love the contrast of the fruit puree with the Greek yogurt as you layer each into popsicle molds.
But what I love even more is eating them on a hot day!
Loquat pickle is a quick condiment you’ll want to add to all sorts of things.
It’s great on breakfast foods like toast, oats, and yogurt. It’s also good as dessert when you make it like mango sticky rice.
But don’t stop there, because it’s awesome with savory foods, too.
It’s sort of like a chutney, as the fruit gets seasoned with a variety of spices.
And there’s no need to wait for it to sit because you can eat it right away.
13. Loquat Lemonade
A tall ice cold glass of loquat lemonade is the perfect summer sipper. It’s far less sugary than the store-bought stuff and far superior.
You need a good bounty of loquats, honey for sweetener, and of course, lemon juice. Toss it all in a blender and it’s lemonade time!
If you have the time, loquat cheesecake is a decadent treat you have to try.
It has a lavish creamy filling enhanced with orange juice and zest. Meanwhile, the bottom layer is a homemade buttery shortbread crust.
So what about the loquat? You turn it into a two-ingredient glaze and slather it on top.
15. Loquat Chutney
Have you been on the lookout for a unique chutney recipe? Here’s one of my favorites.
Loquat chutney has a wonderful contrast of sweet and sour, while the texture is thick and chunky.
There’s a ton of spice and additional dried fruits too. Cranberries, raisins, and apricots to be exact.
You’ll get a big enough batch to try with a few different things. Flatbread is always great, but so is a roast or chicken breast.
You’ll want to slather this tangy sauce all over your grilled foods!
The loquat simmers for quite some time with onions, brown sugar, cayenne, malt vinegar, and then some.
It has a ton of depth. It’s also the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
A quick and nutritious way to enjoy loquats is by tossing them in your morning smoothie.
This mean, green smoothie machine will energize you for the day, the right way.
All you need are four whole ingredients and some water.
Although, if you want it creamier, you can add coconut milk or turn it into an almond milk smoothie.
18. Loquat Crumble
Jazz up your crumble with fresh loquat fruit. The classic topping is sweet, buttery, and crumbly as can be.
Underneath, is a loquat filling that’s oozing with fruitiness.
Lemon juice and zest is the trick to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruit. Do that, and you’ll have the ultimate crumble filling.
19. Loquat Cobbler
Are you more of a cobbler fan? Don’t worry, I have one for you, too.
The cakey topping and fruity loquat filling are the perfect match. It’s a little tart, a little sweet, and completely satisfying.
Whip one up for dessert and see if the family can guess what’s inside. It’ll be such a pleasant surprise!
You can also turn your tasty cobbler into a personalized dessert with mini- Mason jars.
You mix up loquats with a pinch of ginger powder and lemon for the fruit filling.
Then, you create an oat and walnut topping sweetened with coconut sugar.
Combine all that into the Mason jars, then bake.
It’s a fun addition to parties, holidays, potlucks, and more.
21. Loquat Muffins
Say good morning to your new favorite muffins!
These 30-minute muffins have bite-sized bits of loquats folded into the batter. So you get a burst of fruit with every bite.
Add sour cream to make the texture even more heavenly. Oh, and sprinkle turbinado sugar on top for a special touch.
You’ll want to curl up with a bowl of this cozy curry. It’s a vegan Indian curry that has an incredible combination of flavors.
Loquats add a sweet tanginess and tomatoes make it more robust.
Being a curry, it’s all about the right balance of spices too. Toss in the garam masala as well as aromatics like garlic and ginger.
With such a bounty of flavor, this curry is anything but boring.
23. Loquat Chicken
You can even add some pizzazz to your chicken dinner with loquats!
Use the loquats to make a fruity sauce, then pour it on juicy pan-fried chicken.
A bed of white rice is an excellent addition and so is a roasted veggie medley.
Homemade dressings are superior to store-bought and this loquat dressing is no exception.
It’s fresh, tangy, fruity, and doesn’t take long to make.
Blend it up and drizzle it over whatever you like. Salads, quinoa bowls, baked salmon, and grilled skewers are just a few of my favorite pairings.
It’ll store well for a couple of weeks in the fridge, but I doubt it will last that long.
25. Loquat Smoothie
This loquat smoothie tastes like dessert. But can I tell you a secret? It’s nutritious, too!
Dates act as a natural sweetener and Greek yogurt makes it creamy. This highlights the tropical, peach, apricot, and citrusy notes of loquat.
For breakfast or dessert, you’ll want to add this quick smoothie to the rotation.
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