loquat fruit leather


Loquats are pretty much an un-known fruit in the United States but in the past few years, I've had access to them through family and friends who grow them. I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love the sweet, juicy peach colored-flesh, yet I hate the giant pit-like seeds in the center. Also the harvest season is very short and abundant, which means you have to eat or process a huge batch of them at once.

So it's April... and its loquat season. And lucky me, my friend, Jody happened to have a loquat tree in her backyard. She brought over maybe 5lbs of these darling little fruits the other day. I ate and ate and decided I'm not going to be able to eat them all before they were spoiled. I wanted to make something that my little guy can eat and that is when I thought of fruit leather. So easy to make and it also is a great snack for kids.

They're not the most attractive looking things, so I had to put together a little artwork. The image above is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Hong Yi. I absolutely love her food series.

loquat fruit leather
  • loquats
  • lime juice
  • sugar (the amount depends how sweet the fruit is, you may not need it at all)
  1. wash and pit the loquat fruits.
  2. place fruit, lime juice and sugar into a blender. (i had about 3 lbs of loquat, 1/4 cup of sugar, and juice form 1-1/2 limes) puree until well blended.
  3. line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then pour the puree into the pan.
  4. bake it in the oven at 140 degrees F for 8-12 hours.  
  5. store in airtight container.

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