Make It: Loquat & Orange Granita

Loquats. What a mysterious little fruit! We’d never tried, or even heard of, these little gems that grow in abundance on the loquat tree. To our delight, we were introduced to this delight by Noa from Feather Love Photography, who has them growing at her home in masses! She sent us home with a bag of them and we decide to test out a fresh granita recipe. Ooh, yum!

While we’ve actually never made granita before, we thought that we fared pretty well. This dessert was refreshing and had just the right amount of citrus and sweet.

You’ll need: a pound of loquats | 1 large orange {we decided to add this mid-recipe} | 1 tablespoon sugar | 1/4 cup water

Step 1: start peeling your loquats and scooping out the meaty flesh with a melon baller

Side note: how cool are the seeds? They remind us of koa seeds. We’re drying them to use for something fun…

Step 2: scoop out the meat of the orange {you could use these as little bowls, too}

Step 3: add the loquat and orange flesh in a bowl and sprinkle with the tablespoon of sugar. Pour in 1/4 cup of cold water.

Step 4: blend the mixture together until it’s nice and smooth. We used a handheld mixer but you can also do this in a food processor to get an even finer texture.

Step 5: pour the mixture onto a cold cookie sheet and spread out with a spatula. Place in the freezer.

Step 6: every 15 minutes or so remove the sheet from the freezer and scrape the mixture with a fork so it continues to hold a nice and icy texture. You don’t want it to freeze in chunks. 

Serve in a dessert dish and top with a sprig of mint. Quite tasty, if we can say so ourselves! We were really excited to give these loquats a try and hope you do, too. Let us know if you give them a whirl!

Photos + recipe by Valley & Co.

 You could also make these into popsicles for summer or as a chilled shooter as an hors d’ oeuvre! What’s your favorite citrus recipe for summer?

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