Frieda's Specialty Produce - Loquat


What is a Loquat?

  • Loquats originated in China and were later introduced to the United States as Japanese plums. They are about the size of an apricot and slightly pear-shaped with yellow-orange skin. The flesh is creamy to orange color, juicy and tender, and contains one or more large seeds. The flavor is a balance between sweet and acid and is reminiscent of cherries, plums and grapes.

How to Eat

  • Remove seeds and eat fresh or sliced into fruit salads. May need to be peeled depending on amount of exterior fuzz.

Health Benefits

  • Great source of vitamin A.

How to Choose

  • Choose smooth, firm fruits. Loquats may have a brown, freckled surface, but that does not affect the flavor.

How to Store

  • Ripen at room temperature. Once ripe, refrigerate in a plastic container.

When are they in season?

  • May and June; limited availability and distribution in the U.S.

Where are they grown?

  • Product of U.S.A.