I think we all know and love Cherries. A Cherry is shaped similarly to a grape and is a dark purple/almost black color, and also another variety is a pale green color.
They all have little stones in them and have different flavors – the green type seeming to be less sweet than the purple-black ones – although they are all sweet.
All in the Same Family
They are from the same fruit family as plums, nectarines, peaches, and apricots. We think we have two types of cherries; however, there are three types of cherries.
There are the sour cherries, the sweet cherries, and the chokecherries. Sour cherries lend themselves well to pies; Sweet cherries are usually eaten fresh.
Chokecherries are so incredibly bitter, and tart and are typically used in pies with preservatives and syrups.
Cherries have a very distinct flavor, so a substitute has to give off a similar tart but sweet note to your recipe.
Frozen or tinned Cherries
Try to buy your cherries either in the tin or frozen if you can. Usually, they are dried and need to be hydrated before you can use them. Just cover them with water and soak them like this overnight, then they will be ready to cook.
Is the Recipe Adaptable? Try an Extract
If the recipe allows for it, you might be able to use a cherry extract. You’ll find that extracts are concentrated and, therefore, much sweeter; because of these two facts, it’s much more sensible to use less of the extract than the recipe calls for.
A Few Drops of Liqueur
A few drops of cherry liqueur – without the cherries – will give you the exact flavor of cherries. Liqueurs are very flavorsome, so when adding to a recipe, start with only a few drops and build up from there.
Try a Jar of Preserves
Preserves are thick chunks of the fruit, cooked with sugar. So, you get the real flavor and pieces of the fruit. The preserve flavor is more intense, so you might want to pause before using this because you need less of it.
To my childish ear, Loquats have always sounded mysterious and exotic. However, the grown-up part of me knows you can find them in tins in most grocery stores.
This fruit has a luscious pulp that provides a sweet to tart flavor – precisely like the cherry – and they are used in pies and preserved similar to cherries.
When you are going to use loquats, but the peeled and seeded varieties – preferably in cans. Use Loquats in equal proportions to cherries in your recipe. Loquats work well in all cherry recipes – including fresh recipes.
Loquats are Yellow
I found that quite surprising when you find a substitute for something, you expect it to look similar to its substitute. Loquat is a kind of citrus color, but it tastes similar to cherries.
Try to buy them in tins where the skin and pips have been removed – that will make it so much easier to work with.
Loquats Have Benefits
- Loquats are known to have many benefits.
- They have anti-inflammatory properties.
- They can improve your metabolic health.
- They may promote heart health.
- They may have anticancer properties.
- They are packed with plant compounds full of health and nutrition.
- They have lots of essential vitamins and minerals.
- They are versatile and taste wonderful.
Are Loquat Leaves Poisonous
Although Loquat leaves are slightly poisonous, you can make tea by chopping these leaves, which will help you with lots of health benefits and also provide insulin for type 2 diabetics.
The leaves, if eaten, produce a small amount of cyanide. However, the leaves can be turned into a tea, which, if rubbed into the scalp, will help grow and strengthen your hair
Loquats originate from South China but are grown in many other places today.
When buying loquats, one should look for fruity and sweet perfume, and the fruit should be soft to the touch. Look for the very light-colored fruit, which is called champagne; this is the best for juiciness and flavor.
Avoid the greenish colored fruits as they taste very bitter – a sour taste- and have decayed before they ripen into a better flavor.
The fruits themselves do not have a long life and decays after two to three days. So, once you’ve bought them, you need to use them quickly.
Loquats Are Rare
If you have ‘a thing’ about Loquats, they are quite rare, so look and find them quickly so you can cook or preserve them quickly before they decay.
Allergic to Loquats?
Not really! Few people are allergic to this fruit but be mindful of the leaves that can cause your dogs’ problems – if you grow it n your garden.
However, grapes also should never be given to a dog – a grape will kill a small dog. We must always be very mindful of what we plant in our gardens if we have animals.
Fresh Cherry Muffins (or substitute Loquats)
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup fresh pitted and quartered sweet cherries(Loquats)
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).Line muffin tin with paper liners.
Mix flour, ¾ cup sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
Whisk oil, milk, egg, and almond extract together in a small bowl.
Pour into the flour mixture and still gently until incorporated.
Fold Cherries (Loquats) into the batter.
Spoon batter into h muffin cups, filling eat 2/3of the way full.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar on top equally over the 12 muffins.
Bake muffins in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 mins.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Cherry (or Loquat) Muffins
We all enjoy our cherry muffins – and the Loquat muffin you’ll find to be just as good but in a slightly different way. I hope you try the substitute to see the results which are worth knowing about.
Further, I hope you’ll remember my random note not to give grapes to dogs.
I also hope you remember that the loquat leaves are a little poisonous, but they do have their uses, and you might be nicely surprised if you try them out. The one about the strengthening of the hair sounds quite doable. It seems that nowadays, if you look hard enough, there’s usually a substitute for whatever you need.