Saturday, July 9, 2011

'Mountain peach', loquat liqueur, butterflies...

We have what the Japanese folks call a Yama-momo tree in our garden...
Literally, it means 'mountain peach'... 
I prefer this name to that of 'wax myrtle'...
It is a tall shrub, and a beautiful one at that...
Its fruits are small, about one centimeter in diameter...
And they look a bit like raspberries even... 
Except that they have seeds inside...
They taste quite sweet, with a tinge of sourness in them...

The little butterflies visit our herb garden often in this season... 
It is a joy to observe them hopping around the flowers...
This one is sucking nectar from the flowers of the curry plant...

Cathy@home asked about how we made wine out of loquats... 
Well, we don't really make wine out of them, so to say...
Rather, we 'flavor' the wine (with the seeds)...
In Japan, we can easily buy jars specifically designed for this purpose...
They come in 4 liter jars, and the jars are filled with 1.8 liters of 'white' liquor...
With this, we make liqueur out of them...

I am fond of eating the flesh of the loquats...
I keep the seeds, drying them under the sun...
While they dry, they emit a very nice almond-like scent...
My missus put about 800 grams of the dried seeds and about 300 grams of rock sugar into the jars...
And we let it mellow for about a year...

This one has been with us for two years...
I do not consider myself a drinker but I do take a tiny cup of this liqueur once in a while during dinner...
Apparently, the seeds of the loquats have elements that suppress cancer...
I regularly eat about two seeds per day with my meals...
They taste good, anyway, and it would be a waste to throw them away...