Nispero Fruit

Loquat or Nispero Fruit
Loquat or Nispero Fruit

The Medlar Fruit is known in Spain as a Nispero. In America it is commonly referred to as a loquat. Other names include pipa, biwa and Japanese medlar.

Sayalonga celebtrates a Nispero Festival in May each year.

The Medlar tree is a small evergreen that can grow to a height of 15 feet. The trees originated in Asia and China and then appeared in Japan where the fruit was used as a food source and for medicinal purposes. They now grow throughout the world in mild climates. The trees also produce a small, attractive and fragrant white flower and so are often used for landscaping.

The fruits are oval in shape and between 1 and 2 inches in length. Depending on the type, the skin can be orange, yellow or peach in colour, and the inner flesh can be orange, yellow or white. Although the skin can be eaten, it is usual just to eat the flesh. Each fruit contains between two and five large seeds which are toxic and should never be eaten. The flesh has a sweet taste and juicy texture and contains vitamins A, B and C.

Nispero Recipes

Medlar Jam

3/4 part sugar to 1 part Medlar pulp

1) Wash Medlars, remove seeds and blossom ends.
2) Chop finely and place in saucepan.
3) Just cover with water and cook until tender and red.
4) Add 3/4 cup of sugar to each cup of pulp. Cook until thick, stirring constantly.
5) Place in hot sterilised jars and seal.

Medlar Jelly

Fruit should be gathered whilst full size but still hard and only partially turned in colour.
Sugar equal to volume of Medlar juice

1) Wash Medlars, remove seeds and blossom ends.
2) Place in a pan and just cover with water. Cook slowly until pulp is very soft. Strain.
3) Drain and cook until juice is thick then add an equal amount of sugar.
4) Boil rapidly to jelly stage.
5) Place in sterilised jars and seal.

Nispero Fruit and Seeds
Nispero Fruit and Seeds

Pickled Nisperos

3lb NIsperos
3 cups sugar
1 & 1/2 cup water
1 & 1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon allspice
Stick of cinnamon

1) Combine sugar, water and vinegar in large saucepan.
2) Tie the spices in cheesecloth and add to pan. Boil for 10 minutes.
3) Add the fruit and cook gently until tender.
4) Place in hot sterilised jars and seal.

Medlar Pudding

2 cups Medlars pulp
2 cups sugar
2 cups self-raising flour
2 cups sweetened milk
2oz butter
3 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Ground cloves

1) Mix all ingredients and place in a baking tray (about 10×12 inches).
2) Bake at 300F for about 1 hour until done. The sides of the pudding will pull away from the sides of the tray.
3) When cool, slice into 2×2 inch squares.

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