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.
- 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.