This easy loquat jam recipe is perfect for beginner jam makers, because the fruit is naturally high in pectin. The only thing you need are loquats, fresh lemon juice, sugar and time.
This loquat jam recipe is a basic jam recipe. Two to one ratio of fruit to sugar with a little lemon juice mixed in. Nothing else added in – no pectin, no spices, etc. It is as basic as it gets, which makes it perfect for beginners.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & Easy – This recipe is straightforward and only takes a little over an hour, start to finish.
- Perfect for beginners – With only 3 ingredients and no pectin, this is a great jam recipe for those new to canning.
- Shelf stable – This jam can sit in the pantry for a full year.
Easy loquat jam recipe
Homemade jam opens up a world of possible flavor combinations. You’re able to create pairings that you’ll never see anywhere else – this is where the fun really begins.
When you are making jam, you want ripe, luscious fruit at its prime. If you choose fruit that isn’t ripe and doesn’t taste good, your jam won’t taste good either.
Loquats, also called nispero, make a truly unique and delicious jam. It is bright both in color and flavor, and has a lovely sweet-tart taste that pairs well with more than your morning toast.
Loquat jam recipe ingredients
You will only need 3 ingredients to make this jam.
- Ripe loquats – You’ll need 8 cups of loquats after they’ve been peeled and seeded. Do not use unripe loquats, they don’t make good jam.
- Lemon juice – 1 large lemon should be enough, but buying 2 is not a bad idea. You’ll need 3 tbsp. of juice for the recipe, plus a little extra to toss with the loquats so they don’t oxidize.
- Sugar – Regular granulated sugar that you have in the pantry.
How to make
If you are new to jam making, there are a few things you should know. The first thing you need to do is get all of your equipment together before you begin making this loquat jam recipe.
Make sure everything is clean and ready to go, because once your jam is ready, you want to get it in the jars and into the water. Measure all of your ingredients and have everything laid out.
It takes awhile for the big canning pot of water to come to a boil, so I usually put that on first.
- First, sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water.
- While the jars are in the water, start peeling the loquats. Cut the fruit in half, or break it apart with your fingers and remove the blossom end and the large seeds inside. (peeling the loquats is optional in this recipe, but it gives the loquat jam a much smoother texture if you do).
- Toss the peeled loquats with a little lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. In a large sauce pot, combine the fruit with the lemon juice and sugar.
- Boil jam for 30 – 40 minutes. When jam is starting to come together, remove jars from water and set aside. When jam is ready, ladle into jars. Top with lids and tighten bands to “fingertip tight”. Process in hot water bath to seal.
Loquat jam FAQ’s
A loquat is a fruit that grows on a large flowering tree. It is native to China, but is found all over parts of Asia, Europe and the warmer regions of the United States, like Florida and California.
Yes! Loquat skin is completely edible. Loquats have a very thin skin, like an apple or a pear, that is perfectly fine to eat.
The skin is edible, but the fruit has a very large seed pod inside that is toxic, so the seeds are not edible.
The flavor of a loquat is a combination of peach or apricot with a slight citrus tartness and a little mango, depending on the tree. The texture is similar to a pear.
Once you’ve picked loquats, they will not last long without refrigeration. To keep the fruit for a little longer, you can refrigerate it up to 2 weeks after picking.
Once the jars have been processed and sealed in a hot water bath, jam will last for 1 year unopened.
When to pick loquats
When picking loquats for jam, keep in mind that the fruit will not last long. If you plan to pick fruit for jam (or any other purpose), try to use it soon after picking. It will begin to turn brown within a day or two.
When picking loquats, look for deep yellow, almost orange fruit. If the fruit looks light yellow, with a greenish hue to it, it is not ripe yet and will be bitter. Let it stay on the tree for another few days or a week until it ripens. Unripe loquats are not good for jam.
The fruit grows in clusters on the tree. Those are the actual loquats I picked for this jam!
Variations and substitutions
- One of my favorite variations of this jam is my loquat jam with vanilla and bourbon. It is honestly one of my favorite jams of all time.
- If you are an experienced jam maker, swap out some of the loquats (nispero) with other fruits to make tasty combinations.
- If you prefer not to process your jars in a water bath, store the jam in the refrigerator and use up within a month.
Helpful tips & tricks
One note I’d like to make here is about time. If your jam doesn’t set up immediately, don’t panic. Sometimes, it can take a few days for it to set up. As long as you’ve boiled it down and it looks like it should, go ahead and put it in the jars.
Worst case scenario, if it doesn’t set up, you can store it in the refrigerator. You still have delicious jam. It is highly unlikely that it won’t set properly, given the amount of natural pectin in loquats. Keep in mind that even if it does happen, you still have jam. It will be a soft-set loquat jam instead of a firmer set recipe.
The post on Strawberry Key Lime Jam gives you a quite a few tips, if you want to give it a quick read.
Making a charcuterie board? Use this jam to pair with cheese & crackers! Trust me, it’s delicious.
Lastly, use it as a glaze for your grilled chicken or pork. Just remember to brush it on at the end of cooking, as the sugar will burn.
More jam recipes we love
- Blueberry lime jam
- Peach pepper jam
- Strawberry key lime jam
- Slow cooker bacon jam
- Fig jam
- Black and blue freezer jam
- Kumquat marmalade
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- 8 cups loquats, seeded and halved or quartered (and peeled, if desired) // 1900 ml
- 4 cups sugar // 800g
- 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice + 1 1/2 tbsp. for tossing with loquats before cooking
- Place 4 half pint jars in a water bath, along with lids. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low to keep warm.
- Remove blossom end of loquat, peel if desired. Remove seeds and cut in half or quarter, depending on size. *You may want to wear gloves, as your nails may discolor.
- Add 1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice to loquats and toss. This will help the fruit from browning.
- In a 6 quart pot or Dutch oven, add loquats with 3 tbsp. lemon juice and 4 cups sugar.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Using a potato masher, gently break up fruit halfway through cooking. (You can do this off heat to avoid getting splashed).
- Cook for 30 - 40 minutes. Jam will be foamy when it begins to boil, but the foam will begin to subside when jam is almost ready - that's your cue to start watching it closely.
- Gently remove hot jars with canning tongs and place on a dish towel until you are ready to process jam. Remove lids from hot water and set aside with jars.
- Ladle jam into sterilized jam jars, leaving 1/4" space. Place lid on jar and tighten band only to "fingertip tight". Lower jam into water bath and process for 10 minutes. Remove from water, place on counter to cool.
If jam doesn't set up immediatey, don't panic. Sometimes it's takes a few days, up to a week, for jam to set properly.
When you hear a "ping" coming from your jars of hot jam, you'll know they have sealed properly. You can also push on the lid and if it pops back up when you push it down, it is NOT sealed. That jar has to be refrigerated.
Your skin and nails *may* turn a little brown when peeling loquats. Wear gloves to avoid this.
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Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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