Loquat Fruits For Sale


Loquat fruits for sale at reasonable prices from a fruit and vegetable wholesaler. Fruit can be used for eating raw and cooking as well. If you want to buy Loquat fruits, You Will Need To Get In Touch With The Loquat fruit growers of the region. The following are two of the most popular Loquat fruits for sale in US.

Loquat Fruit


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The loquat is a round or oval-shaped fruit. It has orange skin and yellowish/orangish flesh which is very juicy, sweet and aromatic. The taste resembles that of the apple or pear, with an acidic touch.

Loquats must be completely fresh and ripen to taste the best of it. This fruit does not get soft and it can be consumed even if it has been frozen or stored.

Loquats grow slowly on the medlar tree, which can reach 59 ft (18 m) and features a thick, tall, cylindrical trunk growing straight and gracefully. Leaves are oblong-shaped and bright. They are very decorative. Flowers are white and small, blossoming from thin stems at the base of the leaves.


If you want your loquats to ripen rapidly, wrap them up in silver foil and store in the freezer for an hour. You can consume the fruit next day (our recommendation is doing it as soon as possible) or store it in a less cold part of the fridge.

Peeling loquats off is very easy: you just need to pull the stem downwards to get the skin off. This fruit should be consumed fresh to enjoy the best taste and benefit from its many nutritional properties.

Loquats can also be used in jams, sauces or as a garnish for several types of meat.


TOTAL FAT0.3 g – 0%
SATURATED FAT0.06 g – 0%
SODIUM1 mg – 0%
DIETARY FIBER2.5 g – 10%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Loquats are known for their high content in pectin, which is a kind of fibre that removes the waste and toxins from your body and provides a sense of fullness at the stomach. Therefore, it is highly recommended if you intend to be on a loss weight diet.
  • Thanks to its fibre content, it is quite good for keeping diabetes and cholesterol under control.
  • The flesh contains beta-carotene, a well-known anti-oxidant that helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular or degenerative diseases.
  • Loquats are also considered a diuretic fruit because of their content in potassium and organic acid. Therefore, they are very suitable for people with uric acid-related problems, high blood pressure or gout.
  • As they are rich in iron, calcium, copper and magnesium, they are good for your bones, they prevent anemia and they boost the production of red cells.
  • The extract from the leaves contains ursolic acid and triterpenes, acting against the inflammation of the bronchi. For this reason, loquats are used as a medication to treat bronchitis.
  • Consumption of this fruit is perfectly fit for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding, mainly because of the high content in sugars, fibre and above all carotene (a natural anti-oxidant). The carotene also protects the digestive mucosa and helps treat gastritis and heartburns.


There are two types of loquats: Japanese and Chinese. Japanese loquats have fewer seeds and an earlier ripening stage, while Chinese loquats have more seeds and a late ripening stage. The most popular varieties that can be found in the market are the following:

  • Algerie: early variety of great production. The fruit is small-sized, the skin is yellow-coloured with no spots and the flesh has a sweet&sour flavour.
  • Tanaka: this is the variety with the latest ripening stage, requiring a more prolonged exposure to sunlight. The fruit is bigger and it tastes sweeter and more aromatic.
  • Golden nugget: this loquat is round-shaped. The skin is dark orange and can contain little brown spots. The flesh is orange-coloured, sweet and very juicy. This is the earliest and most acid variety.
  • ‘Peluche’ loquat: this is a recent variety from the Spanish market. The fruit is characterized by its large size and elongated shape. The skin is grainy and pale yellow-coloured. The flesh is juicy, meaty and very sweet. This variety of loquat is getting more and more popular (and therefore more consumed).


  • Loquats are the first stone fruit present in the spring markets.
  • In Japan, loquats are given as a token of respect or greeting.
  • It is a highly recommended fruit in loss weight diets due to its low fat and sodium content and its great fibre content.
  • Merchant seamen from China brought loquats into the Iberian Peninsula through the Port of Sagunto (Valencia) more than two thousand years ago.
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Melbourne ‘fruit nerd’ launches Great Backyard Fruit Salvage to save loquats from rot

A man peaks over a fence smiling with a loquat tree in the background

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A Melbourne fruiterer has launched the Great Backyard Fruit Salvage to save homegrown produce from the scrap heap. 

  • Homegrown loquats are ripening over the next three weeks
  • Fruiterer Thanh Truong is encouraging people to eat and share their backyard fruit
  • If you have more loquats than you know what to do with, Mr Truong is offering to buy them

Self-proclaimed “fruit nerd” Thanh Truong spends his days buying and selling fruit on the wholesale market and says saving local produce represents “a big opportunity”.

“I love the idea of people valuing the fruit that is growing in their own backyard,” he said.

“I want people to share, taste, and circulate it.”

The first fruit in his sights is the loquat, which will be ripening across Melbourne over the next three weeks.

Mr Truong wants anyone with an abundance of this “delicious fruit” to pick and distribute it.

“Share your backyard fruit with your neighbours, relatives, and your broader community,” he said.

“In fact, your local greengrocer may even want to trade or buy them if you think you can pick a couple of kilos of good quality, lovely orange fruit.”

What are loquats?

Originally planted in Australian backyards by Italian migrants, Mr Truong says the loquat is native to Asia and tastes like a tropical, tangy apricot when ripe.

“There are loquat trees all over Melbourne, many of them are 30–40 years old,” he said.

“Loquats are part of the culture and valued in China. When they come into season it makes people happy.”

The fruit is ready to eat when it starts to go orange.

If they are all yellow or have tinges of green they are not yet ripe, so leave them on the tree.

Three small loquats on a man's hand all at different stages of ripeness

Be careful as birds love to eat loquats too. If you are planning to share or sell the fruit you might consider protecting the tree with a net.

To pick loquats, trim up to 1 centimetre of stalk above the fruit.

To eat, just rinse and bite around the seeds.

Despite loquats being popular in several cultures, Mr Truong says they are not readily available in Australian retail stores.

“It is not really commercially grown, but with the amount of backyard fruit that’s not eaten there’s an opportunity for the community to share and celebrate this fruit,” he said.

“It’s about being agile and filling the gaps in the industry.”

How to get involved

If you have loquats and do not know what to do with them, Mr Truong wants to hear from you.

“Direct message me on Instagram @fruitnerd with a photo of your tree and let me know if you think you can harvest at least 4 kilograms of orange-coloured fruit and if you’re willing to sell them to me,” he said.

“I’ll even buy them at a premium and recirculate them into the marketplace so more people can have access.”

Fresh Loquat Fruit Box

Loquats, also called Japanese plums are underrated. It’s definitely a fruit not very well-known in the US, although it’s pretty big in Asia.

The flavor is pleasantly sweet, delicate, has a slightly floral touch with a hint of peach with honey, pear and apricot notes. The flesh is firm and grape-like and it’s juicy but not watery and has a great feeling overall.

They love tropical areas and that’s why they grow so well in Chile in the spring, which is curiously happening now. You’ll see that they have some light brown spots on the skin but do not fret, that means that they were grown in a sunny area. They are hard to grow down here since the birds absolutely love them so the trees need to be protected.

We absolutely love them and we are convinced you’ll love them too.

  • The Regular box contains 5 pounds of loquats
  • The Large box contains 8 pounds of loquats

Tons of Delicious Fruit in Los Angeles Is Going Uneaten

Update: The original headline of this story was “Los Angeles Is Covered in Delicious Fruit and No One Is Eating It,” which was an exaggeration that discounted the many communities who do consume loquats. Readers also rightly pointed out that in focusing on gentrification, the story left out the voices of those communities. To address this, the author has re-reported the story and added new sections, which you will find in italics, interspersed with the original text.

Los Angeles does, contrary to what some believe, have seasons; they just aren’t the same as those in the Northeast or Midwest. There isn’t really a fall or a winter. Instead, there’s Fire Season, Rainy Three Weeks, and June Gloom, among others. But there’s another way to measure the passage of time: by fruit. We’re not talking about what’s in the farmer’s markets, but what’s growing on the streets, in parking lots, in plots of land that may or may not belong to anyone.Los Angeles, especially the hotter, drier East Side, is not home to an unusually large number of native edible plants, but it is home to an absolutely berserk amount of non-native fruit trees, planted both intentionally and accidentally. Many of these simply line neighborhood streets. Among them, especially prominent on the East Side, in now-trendy neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Atwater Village, is the loquat.

We made a mistake here with the phrase “East Side.” Historically, “Eastside,” one word, is used to refer to several neighborhoods within Los Angeles, on the east side of the Los Angeles River, including Boyle Heights, El Sereno, and East Los Angeles. Owing to racist policies, the Eastside was exclusively for non-whites, which included Latinos, Jews, Black Americans, and others that those policies meant to sequester in less desirable parts of the city. In more recent years, the term Eastside, or East Side, has come to be used by some—often white—Angelenos to refer to neighborhoods not technically part of the Eastside, but further east than white people historically lived, in neighborhoods such as Silver Lake and Echo Park. But those neighborhoods are on the west side of the river, and the casual use of “Eastside” can feel like an erasure of segregationist policies that created that area in the first place.

The loquat—an extremely juicy, incredibly prolific, mighty delicious sweet-sour fruit, bright yellow in color, somewhere between a plum and a mango in flavor—is so common that you can hardly walk more than three or four houses in these neighborhoods without passing one. And yet it isn’t celebrated, prized, or, for the most part, eaten at all. You can tell this because if they were valued, then all those trees wouldn’t be absolutely heavy with fruit. “Nobody eats them,” says Alissa Walker, a Los Angeles–based journalist and loquat enthusiast, of the loquat trees in her neighborhood. “They just hang on the trees, and I’m like, ‘Is anyone going to eat these?’”


Loquats are not, despite their name’s similarity to kumquat, in the citrus family. They’re actually in the rose family, which also gives us apples, pears, and stone fruits. The tree can be anywhere in size from a large shrub to 30 feet high, and is extremely attractive in a subtropical way, with dark, glossy green leaves. It’s native to southern China, and also has a very long history in Japan. When the Portuguese became the first Europeans to land in southern Japan, in the mid-1500s, they established commercial trade between the two empires, and brought the loquat back to Europe. From there it spread to essentially anywhere warm: the entire Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, parts of West Asia. The Spanish found the loquat grew especially well for them—the country is still a major producer—and brought it to their warm colonies in the New World. Throughout Latin America, the loquat was planted, and grew, and produced lots of fruit.

Loquats are very easy to grow. They’re evergreen, and don’t require much water for a fruit tree, which makes them ideal for places with a lot of sun and not a lot of water. (Los Angeles is a perfect example.) They can tolerate just about any kind of soil as long as it’s not too salty, can handle high elevations with no trouble, and can even be planted from seed (though the fruit from those loquat trees may not be good). Grafting—basically inserting a loquat branch into a cut on an existing tree—is the preferred method, and you can graft loquats onto the trees that produce pears, apples, quince, and most of the other rose family fruits.

If they're hanging out over the sidewalk, they're free to pick.

They produce an almost overwhelming amount of fruit with basically no care or effort. Leave them alone, in shitty soil and with hardly any water, and each spring, you’ll get more fruit than you can possibly eat. Huge bunches of golden, plum-sized fruits, easy to pick (no knife or tool needed), with edible skin, perfect for snacking. And in Los Angeles, it’s common to see trees with branches buckling and bowing with the weight of these bunches. Nobody picks it. Whatever the birds, squirrels, and racoons don’t get to simply falls off and rots on the ground.

Walt Disney changed the path of the East Side of Los Angeles in 1925, when he placed his first studio in Silver Lake. By the late 1940s, the studio moved to the north, to Burbank, but Silver Lake had become established as a home for actors, especially LGBTQ actors. By the 1970s, the neighborhood, close to downtown Los Angeles, grew to embrace a mix of artists and recent immigrants, who lived there for its affordability and proximity to factory work downtown. Those immigrants were primarily from Latin America, and especially Central America: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua.

When the Spanish brought the loquat to their Latin American colonies, the fruit became a major part of Central American culture. Central America is fruit heaven; in addition to native papaya, passionfruit, and guava, the Spanish (and later the Americans) used the rich tropical environment to grow a massive array of flavors and colors. The loquat, which is called níspero in Spanish, is common in these countries. It’s typically eaten fresh, the large seeds spat out, and sometimes made into jam. (It has an extremely high pectin content, which allows jams to set easily.) San Juan del Obispo, in Guatemala, has a loquat festival each year.

Those Central Americans, when they came to Los Angeles, planted the loquat in their yards and gardens. Though this part of Los Angeles is much less humid, more desert-like, than Central America, the loquat thrives there, unattended. (Other tropical fruit trees in the area grow just fine, but may need a large amount of added water and sometimes for the soil to be amended.) The loquat trees sprang up all over the East Side, providing a taste of home (and free food) to those new to the city and their descendants.

Silver Lake, though, offers just one of the loquat’s many stories. Let’s travel further east, across the Los Angeles River, to Boyle Heights. Boyle Heights was originally, in the late 1800s, a spacious neighborhood of some agriculture and some upper-class residents living in beautiful Victorian houses, some of which still stand. Thanks to those housing policies we mentioned, though, in addition to its close proximity to Downtown Los Angeles (including a streetcar line where the modern-day Gold Line is), Boyle Heights quickly became a landing spot for immigrants: It was both convenient to commercial and industrial jobs in Downtown, and, well, they were actually allowed to live there. “Boyle Heights very quickly became one of the few neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the time that was accessible for non-Anglo-Saxon people,” says Emily Anderson, a curator, born in Japan, who has worked with the Japanese American National Museum on exhibits, including one on Boyle Heights.

People aren't the only ones who enjoy loquats.

Starting in the 1880s and through the 1910s, Boyle Heights attracted immigrants from all over, but two groups became the most prominent: Japanese and Ashkenazi Jewish. The Japanese community, says Anderson, were either coming directly from Japan, from Hawaiʻi, or moving south from San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake. “People moved south for work,” says Anderson. “The driving economy was agriculture; a lot of immigrants came from agricultural families in Japan. They came in with substantial agricultural knowledge and experience.”

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