Gold Nugget Loquat

Fruit Ripens: Late May

The vigorous, upright and self-fertile loquat tree is indigenous to southeastern China, but has been cultivated in Japan for over 1,000 years. The Loquats themselves grow as large, round to oblong fruits with yellow-orange skin and juicy orange flesh. Their texture is firm and meaty, with a sweet flavor, somewhat like an apricot, and a few seeds inside. They are good eaten fresh, made into jams, jellies, and chutneys, and (when slightly immature) are also good for pies and tarts.