The extra rain this year has blessed my in-laws w/ an incredible glut of loquats on their tree right now. They gave me some (pictured below) and have 20x that amount still clinging to the tree. Whatever the birds and other critters don't get to are mine for the taking.
Loquats are about half the size of an apricot and I've read are indigenous to China and quite popular in Japan. I peel the fuzzy skin and eat the flesh, which surrounds a smooth mahogany-colored pit. For me, it tastes like a cross btwn. an apricot and lychee. Some are tarter, some are sweeter.
Aside from eating them straight, any ideas or recipes for their use? I'm already thinking jam and chutney. Thinking of using them in a pie or clafoutis w/ cherries. Are these used in any Asian desserts? This fruit is new to me so any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!