Monday, May 13, 2013

Bring on the loquats!


Soon these loquats will ripen to a nice yellow-orange color.
Then the birds and bats will know it is time to visit the tree.

In Hebrew they are called shesek  and Israel is the world's #2 producer and exporter, after Japan.

Eriobotrya japonica originated in SE China.
It was introduced into Japan and has been cultivated there for over a thousand years.

The fruit is juicy and tangy and nutritious.
Just don't bite the hard seeds by mistake--they are toxic.


Sara said...

There's a very tempting loquat tree in a neighbor's yard. I was wondering if I could perhaps get a ladder and help myself to a few before the local squirrels get them. I'm seeing them all around lately, and I don't think anybody here eats them. Such a shame - they are delicious. And I love the look of their big, brown, shiny seeds.

Reader Wil said...

They look very delicious and juicy! I have never seen them!
Dina, I want to congratulate you with the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel. I wish your country peace and strength for the future.
Are your daughter and her family soon coming? You will be very happy to see them!

JM said...

We have many here too and I like eating them (when they are really sweet).

Thank you for the link, I never heard the song before but I know the singer, Ana Moura. She's one of the best voices among the new generation singing the Fado. She has even performed with Prince and the Rolling Stones.
Ana Moura is singing two different kinds of Fado on the following videos. Hope you enjoy:

Also thank you for the information you got on Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

Dina said...

Sara, for sure, go and rescue some loquats. Glean!

Wil, thanks, I forgot about May 14; we celebrate independence day on the Hebrew calendar.
Yes, Naomi et al. hope to come in the autumn.

JM, thanks!
Readers, JM is responding to questions I asked him after I heard a Portuguese song on the new Idan Raichel album

VP said...

I think they are called n├Ęspole her, but I didn't know it was an exotic fruit!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Who doesn't like a nice juicy loquat? But I've never had to fight with a bat for one. haha. Thanks for the nutrition link.

Spiderdama said...

I have not seen them here.. I will check the store next time if we import from Israel:-)

Karl Demetz said...

They look delicious, Dina.

crystal said...

I have a loquat tree too in the back yard - must go back there and see if it has fruit yet :)