One of my absolute favorite fruits cannot be bought in grocery stores out here although it grows EVERYWHERE if you keep your eyes peeled. This fruit is the loquat, otherwise known as an Asian plum. My family has been growing this fruit for over 50 years so I was thankfully introduced as a young child. I now eagerly await every spring for when they are in fruiting season.
Let's learn a little about the loquat though: this unique fruit originated in the mountainous, evergreen rain forests of Southeastern China, from where it then spread all across the world. They are easy to sprout from seed if you start them in a cup indoors with plastic wrapped over the top and stored in a sunny window. You can expect a tree bearing fruits in around 6-7 years. I like to describe the taste as a cross between a strawberry, pineapple and pear. They are best eaten when they begin to turn orange.
Loquats are high in fiber which is helpful in removing toxins from our body. They also have a good amount of antioxidants which protects our body from free radicals.
§ Protect from Colon Cancer
§ Improves Skin Health
§ Protect from Lung and Oral cavity cancer
§ Maintain Blood Pressure
§ Promotes Weight loss
§ Increase Blood formation
§ Improve Eye vision
§ Strengthen Bone & Teeth
I went to town today with a delicious fruit salad and fresh squeezed juice. That juice contains nectarine, strawberry, orange, peach, grapefuit and of course loquat. SOOOOOOO good!