The Lowly Loquat

We planted a tree in our backyard a few years ago.  I produced maybe five loquats, but because I didn’t know what they were, I assumed they were like crabapples.  They did not produce again, mainly because a huge Arizona Ash took over the sky and refused to let the loquat have sun.  I had the ash tree taken out, and suddenly, the loquat tree fattened up and produced a ton of fruit.  I tried one a week or so ago, and wow — they are sweet!  I have a fruit tree!  Did you know about loquats?  Have you ever tried them?

13 thoughts on “The Lowly Loquat

  1. I used to eat them a lot back in my country. Absolutely love them. But since I’ve arrived in London I can’t find them here :(
    Anyone know where to get them here in London???

  2. Loquats are well known in Latin America where they are called “nisperos”. I come from Chile and nisperos are delicious there.

  3. Yes! My neighbour had a massive tree in their front garden, and every year we’d get a few bags of fruit.

    … Maybe they are more common here in Australia?

  4. loquats are a lovely fruit. I don’t know anything about them other than that they show up on Asian buffets occasionally and you can find them canned in the Asian section of the grocery store.

  5. I actually have a loquat tree in my backyard. I usually either give the fruit away or let the birds have it. I haven’t actually tasted it, but it doesn’t look like something I want to eat. I guess I’m not very adventurous. This year it doesn’t seem to have any fruit, I’m not sure what happened, but it might be my neighbor’s magnolia tree that’s blocking it.

  6. I have heard of loquats, but I have never tried them. I don’t eat a lot of sugars, but natural sugars like those in fruits I have no problem with. I will try if I get the chance. Thanks!

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