May 15, 2010


My loquat tree is heavy with fruit and the birds and squirrels are enjoying it. Loquats are an interesting fruit. The flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring. The loquat is similar to its distant relative, the apple, and are good for making pies, tarts and crumbles. The fruit is about the size of a ping-pong ball. They have a somewhat tough skin which needs to be peeled and then there is a pit about the size of a marble.

So, think about it… take away the skin, take away the marble sized pit and what do you have left? NOT MUCH! It takes an awful lot of work to collect enough of the fruit for even a small Loquat Tart.

This year I have told the birds and squirrels that they can have the whole harvest. I know they will enjoy it!


  1. What an excellent post! Just loved it, Deb.

  2. We used to have loquat trees in Los Angeles. Pretty trees, but like you said, the fruit isn't much good for anything more than bird fodder.

  3. How fun! My grandmother had a loquat tree and I can still remember eating them and what they were like. Lots of work but I just love those pits:)

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