LOL, I am pushing it a bit for the Q on this one…but it is perfect timing because the fruits on our tree are starting to ripen. This is one of those fruits that does NOT travel well…so if you don’t live in a climate that supports them, you would never know they exist.
Sometimes called a Japanese plum, the loquat is around the size of an apricot with the same coloring. The flesh is tartly sweet, juicy and filled with fairly large inedible seeds. The fruit also makes amazing jam. Because of my loquat and plum trees, I now make way too much jam each year. My favorite? Loquat cinnamon – one of my friends says it tastes like apple pie. Second favorite, Loquat Jalapeno (so good with meats!). I have also made apricot jalapeno, but the loquat is better.
We get visitors who gorge on the fruits with no adverse effects (one of my friend’s kids practically ate her weight in them but had no gut issues). They fully ripen through June and start wilting through July. So, I try to do most of my jamming before the sweltering summer, if only the plum tree would cooperate!
Are you a loquat fan? If you haven’t tried them, what is your favorite fruit?