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Loquat

Loquat

Loquat, also known as Japanese medlar or Nispero, is a small fruit that is believed to have originated in China. It is now widely grown in subtropical regions around the world, particularly in Japan, China, Korea, and Mediterranean countries.

The seasonality of Loquat varies depending on the location, but it is typically available in late winter to early spring. To know when the fruit is ripe, you can look for a fruit that has a golden-yellow colour and gives slightly to pressure. If the fruit is still green or hard, it's not yet ripe. To store, it should be kept at room temperature until it is fully ripe, then can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Loquats are a versatile fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes to add a sweet and tangy flavour. They can be enjoyed fresh as a snack, added to fruit salads, or used in cooking. In cooking, loquats can be used in sauces, syrups, jams, and jellies. They can also be baked or grilled, adding a sweet and tangy flavour to meats and vegetables. Loquats are also a popular ingredient in drinks, such as juices, smoothies, and cocktails, providing a refreshing and hydrating flavour.

Loquat is a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals such as potassium and phosphorus. Eating Loquat may also help with digestion, boost the immune system, and improve heart health. Additionally, Loquat is known for its unique sweet and tangy flavour, making it a favourite among tropical fruit lovers.