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Loquat

Why Eat It
Availability
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Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

This golden-skinned tropical fruit resembles an apricot, but its firm, sweet-tart flesh--which can be orange, yellow, or white--tastes something like plums or cherries. Like other yellow-orange fruits, loquats are an excellent source of beta-carotene.

Eat them raw after stemming, peeling, and seeding them, or poach them alone or with other fruits; serve over ice milk or with angel food cake.

Availability

Fresh loquats are usually available only in the summer. Although they are grown in the United States (in California, Florida, and Hawaii), they are very perishable when ripe and do not stand up well to shipping. Canned loquats, usually preserved in sugar syrup, are sold in Asian markets.

Shopping

Choose large loquats that are tender and fragrant.

Nutrition Chart

Loquat/10 fresh

64
Total fat (g)
0.3
Saturated fat (g)
0.1
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.1
Dietary fiber (g)
2.3
1
Carbohydrate (g)
17
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
1


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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