Lower South

May, 2001
Regional Report

Recipes

Loquat Jelly
Here's a good recipe if you have a loquat tree and don't know what to do with all the produce.



Ingredients

5-10 pounds loquats

cheesecloth

1 box pectin

2 cups sugar

canning jars



Preparation

Wash loquats and remove seeds. Place in saucepan and add enough water to barely cover fruit. Cook gently for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain through jelly bag or four layers of cheesecloth. For greater yield of juice, twist the two ends of the bag in opposite directions until most of the juice is extracted. Then strain through clean cheesecloth or jelly bag, but do not squeeze or press.



Add a box of pectin to the juice and stir well. Let the mixture come to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add sugar and bring to a rolling boil again for 1 minute. Use 3 cups juice to 2 cups sugar to make a tart jelly. Cool a sample of the jelly to test how well it will thicken. If you prefer thicker jelly, add another box of pectin and boil the jelly again. Skim and pour boiling hot into jelly glasses. Seal and test for proper seal after jars have cooled.



Makes 2-4 pints.









Web Finds

Screening Trees for Problem Landscapes
The Web site Trees for Problem Landscape Sites--Screening from the Virginia State University's Cooperative Extension Service offers a wealth of information on choosing trees for screening and hedges. It provides a well-thought-out approach to plant selection that is useful in selecting shrubs for screening. Accompanying photos and a tree listing make it an even more valuable resource.





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