Loquats Are Not Kumquats

May 21, 2015
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Regarding our first printed correction of the New Queso, please note for the record it took no time at all for me to make a mistake. Because my kumquats are actually loquats and loquats are definitely not kumquats. Despite what a number of very confident people told me, this beautiful tree that my great grandmother planted is not of the kumquat variety but rather a very normal loquat tree, and now I love it even more. I am not going to change the name of the Kumquat May martini however, because that name is just awesome. I will buy some kumquats though and attempt to make it and follow up with that there. In the meantime, let’s talk about loquats.

A native of China, a loquat tree fruits in mid- to late spring here in Central Texas. They’re big in southern California…and that makes sense because they look sort of 1960s SoCal to me…they’ve very Donna Parker in Hollywood.  And the fruit is really good…mild, sort of understated sweet. They don’t taste like honey, but they remind me of mild honey for some reason, with a dash of tang. And I was thinking, they’d be really good in salsa.

Because when life hands you loquats, make salsa.

So I did. Check it.unnamed-1

 

Laura’s Loquat Salsa

– 8 Loquats, chopped

– 2 large tomatoes, chopped

– 2 green onions, chopped

– 1 jalapeño, chopped (I take out the seeds to make it milder. Leave in the seeds to make it HOT!)

– 1 bell pepper, chopped

– A handful of chopped cilantro

– Juice from one (or two) limes. (I use two because I like lime juice a lot)

– Salt and pepper

Mix it all up together in the bowl. Serve with chips. Or, I served it on salmon and it was awesome.

And that’s just the beginning … I feel like you can do so many cool things with loquats…

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Photo credit: Loquat Lemon Mint Sorbet from Cafe Liz. I love Cafe Liz. Check her out. 

You could also do loquat strawberry pie.  Loquat lemon mint sorbet. (What?! I am all over this.) Loquat cobbler. (No, THIS!) And of course, Loquat wine & Loquat liqueur. (Loquat wine & loquat liqueur need to age at least one year. Therefore, it would be best to plan in advance. No last-minute drinky here, my friends.) I’ve now given most of mine away, but now that I know what I’m dealing with here… next year, watch out.

Get Started! Plant a loquat tree. 

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Martha May 22, 2015 at 9:24 am

    BOOM! Loquats! Love it. 😉

  • Reply Barchbo May 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The fact that you referenced Donna Parker in Hollywood, with all of its pink-covered glory, is one of the many reasons I love you. Cheers to the loquat and 1960s Hollywood! (Though how scandalized would Donna Parker be by Don Draper’s 1960s Hollywood? The mind reels.)

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura May 24, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Donna Parker 4EVA!

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