Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fruit of the Month Club XIII

This is a loquat. I found it, along with about a dozen others, in a fancy package with lots of Japanese writing all over it. The loquat is tiny, not even the size of a lychee; in fact, it may be our first fruit of the month whose photo is basically life sized. Taste-wise, it reminds me of a plum crossed with an apricot (though it’s nothing at all like a pluot). Too sweet for me, almost like honey. It peels very easily, though the skin seems edible as well. The texture is slightly mushy, so while it would work well in a drink (loquat martini anyone?), it’s probably not so great for a salad.

1 comment:

Tara said...

I grow them in my backyard here in Houston. They make the most amazing pie. You are right in thinking that the skin is edible but watch out for the seeds. They contain small amounts of cyanogenetic glycocides which release cyanide when digested. The seeds are bitter so there is little worries that you would eat too many but look out for small children