Published by Daniel Mosquin on April 14, 2007
A contribution from fancymefoxy@Flickr gives us today’s photograph to add to the series on tropical (and subtropical) fruits (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Thank you!
Loquat is a member of the rose family, and native to southeastern China and (possibly) Japan. Read more via Fruits of Warm Climates: Eriobotrya japonica.
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Ahh, loquats! Them’s good eatin’. As kids we used to raid the few trees we knew of in the area (north coastal San Diego County), eating the ripe ones and using the under- and over-ripe ones as ammo.
In modern Chinese, we called it pipa. The flesh is crisp, and very refreshing and we believe it can relief cough.
Thanks for using my photo, glad I could contribute to the series!! This loquat tree is growing in my Mother-In-Law’s back yard in central Florida. When my husband and I went to visit her, she took us outside to look at her tree with the strange fuzzy fruits growing on it. She had no idea what they were and (being from Pennsylvania) neither did we. Of course we went ahead and tasted them anyway (they were quite yummy!) and when no one barfed or keeled over we deemed them to be an edible fruit. I didn’t figure out what they were until we got home and I looked them up on the internet!!
Hi Daniel & Laura:
In Chile, these are called Nisperos
(pronounced: nees-peh-rohs). Quite delicious when ripen under hot sun and little water. Before eating, must rub the little fuzz that covers the fruit.
I love loquat fruit trees. I have grown couple small Japan loquat fruit trees about 2 years ago. Now they are about 10 feet tall with some blooms. I also live in Central Florida. I also planted them using seeds. They seem to be doing well. Recently, I went to an Oriental Supermarket in Orlando, and was surprised to see that they are selling loquat fruits, the size of large eggs. They are very expensive. They are about $1.35 for each loquat. These loquats are from Chile.
I would love to grow them from seeds. I wonder how tall are those trees would be.
Same as Aida’s post here in Peru: níspero
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