How to Enjoy Loquat

Do you remember that I talked about how loquats in my apartment are perfectly ripe? As I’m being very humble, I hesitated to ask the landlord at first about if I could have some. I tried to write an email about it but ended up not sending it for a while. But several days later, I had my landlord come to check one of our appliances, meaning here comes a chance!

I even made a memo about asking about it and put it in my door, so when she was about to leave, I took a deep breath, and finally I blurted out if I could take some loquat. And, her response turned out unexpectedly like this.

 

“Oh yeah, the loquat! I tell other residents to take some every year but nobody takes it. If you like, take as many as you can, otherwise they’d just go bad.”

 

I roared, and as soon as she was gone, I proudly brought the biggest bucket I had and went on a happy harvest trip to the back of the apartment. And here comes a fresh, sweet loquat I haven’t had for such a looooong time! I don’t know why, but loquats aren’t available at stores here on the west coast of the US…I’ve been in the US for over 15 years now, but this is my first place to find precious loquats! 

 

And it made me wonder…Is a loquat too exotic delicacy? Even though we have several trees with perfectly ripe loquats, people don’t take them so the fruit pickers are just me, a few squirrels, and birds. And it made me wonder, do people know how to enjoy them? So I’d like to talk about the tips to eat them today!  

 

<Today’s Food>

Fresh Loquat 

loquat

<How to Eat>

The best way to enjoy them is of course to eat them fresh! Its skin is thin and soft, so you don’t even need a knife(if you need, that means you pick it too soon…) I usually peel them from the top to down, but some people claim it’s easier to peel them from bottom to top. 

Inside of a loquat, there are usually about 3 big, brown seeds in the center protected by thin, almost translucent bags like mandarin oranges. We just bite outer flesh, and leave the seeds. They are super juicy and yummy! 

Aaaand, basically it’s just the way I eat loquat. Loquats are in season for such a short time, and my family in Japan had 4 people. Loquats are sold in a basket with about 12 of fruits. If you have a loquat tree, you’ll have a loquat buffet but not us families who used to live in a condo without a loquat tree. 

loquat

<Tips>

  • Wash your loquat well before you eat them, and wash your hands with clear running water as soon as you finish eating them! You’ll notice your finger tips and between your nails get blackened if you don’t wash your hands, and I’ll tell you…they are so persistent!!
  • Don’t suck seeds although it’s tempting. I never did but I heard it’s toxic.

 

I hope you don’t live in my apartment, otherwise we’ll be rivals haha! Currently I have a few birds and squirrels, but I allow them to touch MY loquat trees. The reasons are: 

  1. I can’t reach the fruits at the very top of the trees.
  2. I took almost all the ripe loquats in the lower tree, but I’ll tell you, more is coming!

 

I think I have to find ways to enjoy them. As you know, life is short, and the loquat season is muuuuuch shorter!

 

Have you tried loquat before or do you even know the fruit? I hope you have a chance to try them. 

 

<Other Fruits Treats to Enjoy>

Peach season is coming! Peach Cobbler

peach cobbler

Do you call tomatoes veggies or fruits? Marinated Tangy Tomato Bonito Salad

marinated tangy tomato bonito salad

Although I’ve never tried fresh acai, I still love it. Yogurt & Acai Smoothie Bowl 

yogurt acai smoothie

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

14 Comments Add yours

  1. M. Lee Keena says:

    Congratulations on your loquat treasure! Now I really want to come visit a those are some of the flavors of my childhood. Enjoy 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hehe yes! Thank you Michelle❤️

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  2. dolphinwrite says:

    Nice story 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you😊

      Like

  3. Willow Croft says:

    Definitely keen to try these now… 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hehe yay! They’re definitely yum. Hope you can find one soon👍💕

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  4. Luffy says:

    My husband is Turkish and he loves these fruits. They’re very rare to find in the UK though, where we live. He misses them so much that I’ve even investigated the possibility of growing one in our polytunnel here in the NW of Scotland! Delicious fruit ❤️

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh really!? Then Scotland is same as here in the west coast of the US. It’s so hard to find Loquats😫Yes if the climate allows, you should definitely grow it🤩 He’ll be so excited every spring~early summer👍💕

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  5. Livia says:

    How funny, I was about the only one who liked them in our village in Italy, too. 😁
    They are called “Nespole” in Italian.
    One of my neighbours has a tree and whenever they started to turn ripe, he told me, so that I could harvest.
    Since my son and husband also didn’t fancy them too much, I had Loquats almost coming out of my ears for a few weeks. 😁😁
    Have you ever used them in any recipes?

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Aww so you’re just like me🤣 My husband likes them too but he always let me eat more loquat than me, so yeah…I’d say 80% are in my tummy😜
      I made some treats but the recipes are not yet on this blog, but they’ll be soon👍💕✨

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      1. Livia says:

        Cool! I‘m very much looking forward to reading them 🤩

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