Loquat Cults?

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Loquat Cults?
If you’ve got this far looking for the Loquat reference, then you’re in! There are a few gardens out there with the rare Bay Area Loquat Tree. The loquat fruit, which is popular in China & Japan, but also found in the Mediterannean, Florida, Hawaii and other warm/mild climates, is used for chutney, pies, jams & also eaten fresh. While the pit is about 1/3 of the fruit, don’t worry, I found a recipe on-line that tells you to soak it in vodka for 3 months for a cherry-flavored liquor. Apparently you can soak anything in vodka for three months and put it on ice for a refreshing beverage!
Following is a link for a loquat chutney recipe from Sunset:
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-13840772.html
If you are interested in trying them, I’m sure I can talk some of my clients who have the trees into some kind of garden swap. The key is to pick the loquat at the exact moment of ripeness. They are only good at their peak.
On the natural medical front, Loquat syrup is used to sooth the throat like a cough drop. It also has a gentle sedative effect. (I needed some last week!)
Learn more about the Loquat as a herbal medicine here:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Herbal-Remedies-for-Coughhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loquat

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2 Comments so far

  1. Lori Sinsley | May 30, 2011

    Hi there, I am interested in finding loquats in the Bay Area. I live in SF and don’t mind traveling somewhere to find them at a store or farmers market; or buy them from an individual seller. Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Lori 415.308.6970.

  2. mbradley | June 9, 2011

    Hi Lori,

    Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find Loquats for sale because they need to ripen on the trees, are ripe for a very small window before they go bad and travel poorly. The best thing to do is find someone who has a tree who are overwhelmed by then. Fortunately, we are coming up on the time of the year when they are ripe. I know of a couple trees around. I’ll check in on them and if they are ripening I will check with the owner and give you a call.

    Best of luck!
    Marisa

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