The loquat is a delectable but much neglected member of the pome family, which includes apples, pears, and quinces. Most look like a small apricot-colored pear, although they’re a bit more oval in shape. They range from one- to two-and-a-half inches long and have several glossy brown seeds in the center. The thin skin is slightly downy, and the flesh, which can be deep orange, yellow, or creamy-white, varies in texture from the crispness of a firm cantaloupe to the juiciness of a ripe peach. The flavor is a pleasant blend of apricot, plum, and cherry, with floral overtones, and is quite sweet when ripe. If you like peaches, apricots, and plums, you’ll love loquats.
–David Karp on Loquats

Simply put we love loquats! They are an easy, care free, fruit to grow – no pests or diseases to worry about. Yep, our kinda of “no worries” fruit. We joke that the seeds make up more mass than the fruit, but if you have the time and patience to harvest, the fruits do make some tasty desserts.

RECIPE: Loquat Crumble

3 cups loquats, pitted
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon clove, ground
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup water


In a saucepan mix the ingredients. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, and fill the pie dish. Cover the top with crumble crust of oatmeal, gingersnaps, or flour and brown sugar. Bake until crispy.

Enjoyed as a fruity dessert or breakfast with a dollop of yogurt – mmmm.

Serves/Makes:   8

Variety growing at the Urban Homestead: "Big Jim"

:: Resources ::

Growing and using highly nutritious loquats

CRFG loquat fruit facts

How do you use loquats? What’s your favorite recipe?


  1. Danna says:

    I LOVE loquats!! We had a tree when I was a kid and I would single handed eat all of them (no one else cared for them)! Then after we moved from my childhood home I had quite the dry spell (16 years), but my sister’s new house has a large loquat tree and I am now enjoying a great supply! But I have to confess, they have never made it to a recipe… I eat them all first!! 🙂
    Thanks for all of the inspiration!!

    • Lan Nguyen says:

      I was thinking about planting a loquat tree, and then your comments just ensure me to do it fast! thanks.

      • Anais says:

        @Lan Nguyen: Wonderful, you will be glad you did!

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