In San Diego, loquats are ubiquitous and largely ignored, even when heavy with their delectable, unique fruits. Marmalade making yields its own pectin, and adding loquats softens the texture and reduces the added sugar.
I love loquats and love that my neighborhood has trees for me to pick from. But the season is short and the fruit is delicate--so you have to be creative in how you enjoy them. Pickling solves that dilemma. My friend Amy Finley shares her recipe.