Juice Against Cancer (#JuiceAgainstCancer) acknowledges Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about the importance of screenings, prevention, and to celebrate the survivors. Every Thursday of this month, we’ll be bringing awareness to the importance of screenings, preventions, and sharing creative ways to consume fruits and vegetables that can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and enhance your lifestyle.
Get familiar with the Bronze Loquat tree. It bears a fruit called loquat that can be preserved jams, eaten as snacks, and are high in antioxidants. The fruit is a great source of vitamin A, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese. It’s just one of many different delicious fruits you can eat and use daily to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Traditionally, our far-away neighbors in Southeast Asia referred to the loquat as a “plum,” and use the leaves of the tree in Chinese medicine to treat many different symptoms.
In Los Angeles the loquat tree is one of several trees being offered in LA’s Free Trees program sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to promote more greenery, shade, and natural cooling systems for your home. The idea is to save energy (less AC) and add to the environment. After all, trees absorb carbon and other toxins. Because the drought is entering its fourth year there have been a variety of measures taken to conserve water, add low-water greenery, and turf removal programs. What better way to give back to your community, environment, and yourself by planting something you can eat at the same time!
Emily Han, recipe developer, food preservationists, and writer for The Kithn crafted a fun, healthy and delicious loquat bourbon cocktail just in time for the Fall and those cool Los Angeles nights— Thank us later!
How to Consume and Enjoy The Preventative Benefits of Loquats:
Loco for Loquats
If you live in California, you can order this tree and try out one of these juices and facial masks. Now, let’s get started.
Step 1: Look for loquats that are yellow and look like this:
Step 2: Remove the pits.
Now, some serious DIY-ers might mix loquat with vitamin C and omega-rich foods such as this blogger, but we shall concentrate on a more purist version that can also be used as a base for jams, spreads, and great additions to an ice cream. Follow steps 3-7 if you want to make a jam or preserve. If you want more of a loquat butter, the key is to puree the loquats beforehand and add less water in proportion.
Step 3: For every one pound of loquats, put one cup of water in a pot.
Step 4: Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar or 1/4 cup of agave syrup.
Step 5: Simmer on low heat until you have a jam-like consistency.
Step 6: Turn off and let sit overnight, covered.
Step 7: Store accordingly to measure in mason jars or leftover sauce jars. Seal tight and keep refrigerated if you want to start using them right away.
How To Make a Loquat Facial Mask
To make a facial mask, simply puree the loquats with either a food processor or blender, and use a facial brush to put on a thin layer on your face. Leave on for five minutes and wash off with warm water.
How To Make a Loquat Facial/Body Scrub
Step 1: Add 2 tablespoons of pureed loquats
Step 2: 1/4 cup of grape seed or olive oil, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
Step 3: Mix together thoroughly and put in an appropriately sized tupperware
This scrub will only last a week maximum. The purpose of this scrub is to use the antioxidants and Vitamin A (an anti-aging property) from the loquats in exfoliating your skin at the same time.
Step 4: Rinse with room-temperature water, or cold water, if you’re brave. Hot water will dry out your skin.
If you are very hungry and cannot wait to try these golden gems of loquats, you can always simply eat them! You won’t lose any of the health benefits, enjoy!