The loquat is a fruit of an evergreen shrub of the same name. It is native to South Central China. It also a popular fruit in Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Sri Lanka as well as other regions in Southeast Asia.
The loquat is also commonly referred to as the Japanese medlar, Japanese plum, and Chinese plum, while in China it is mostly known as Pipa.
The tree grows to about 10 meters tall. Depending on climate the fruits blossom in Spring or Summer seasons while the flowers bud in Winter or late fall.
The fruit tends to reach about three to five centimeters long. The fruit is oval in shape. The skin is smooth in texture and turn from green when immature to yellow or yellowish-orange when ripe. The inedible seeds start out white and turn brown when ripe. Each fruit contains about five or more of these fruits.
The fruits which may be sweet and mild to slightly acidic grow in clusters around the stalk. The deeper the color the sweeter the sweeter the fruit. That is, the more orange the fruits are the sweeter they are.
The fruits are normally harvested when ripe where they tend to have a similar flavor to apples, or peaches with flesh that is soft and juicy.
Harvested fruits are soft and delicate and must, therefore, be handled with care. One can get loquats in the Spring or Summer seasons depending on where you live around the world.
One should purchase fruit that is free from cuts and bruises and any signs of blemishes. The fruit should be yellow to orange in color. Once home they should be stored in a refrigerator where they can keep for a week or two.
At room temperature, they are only good for a few days.
How Loquat is Prepared for Consumption
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It is a good source of Potassium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus.