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A Fruity Challenge for Loquat Lovers

Priya Johnson Dec 30, 2020
Let's find out how much you know about the loquat through this simple challenge...
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Loquat belongs to the Rose family, Rosaceae. It's the same family plums, strawberries, peaches, etc. are part of.
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The fleshy and juicy part of the fruit is tangy, sweet, and citrusy. Some even liken the loquat to the flavor profile of a nectarine.
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Embedded within each fruit are 3-4 large seeds, although more seeds may be present. These seeds are used to make 'nespolino', a bittersweet Italian liquor.
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Besides containing only 47 calories per 100grams, loquats are also rich in dietary fiber, making them ideal fruits for those on a weight loss regime.
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Loquats are very high in vitamin A content. Vitamin A helps improve the health of the skin and mucosal linings.
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Loquats correspond to only 2% of the daily value of vitamin C. However, their other nutritional benefits like high mineral content, etc. cover-up for the short supply of vitamin C.
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The flowers of the loquat tree are highly fragrant and emanate into the air around it, imparting a lovely, fresh, citrusy fragrance as the tree moves with the wind.
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Because of its evergreen and ornamental appearance, loquat trees are commonly planted in parks and gardens.
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Although loquat is indigenous to Central Eastern China, it's been cultivated in Japan for over 1000 years, and today it's native to Japan as well.
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Loquat is also known as 'pipa' in China, because of its golden fruit color that signifies wealth and prosperity. It is also known as 'nespolo' in Southern Italy.
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Unlike most fruit-bearing trees, loquat trees bloom in winter. Loquat trees can withstand very cold temperatures, however, extreme cold and dry frost can hinder fruit formation.
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Loquat leaf tea or 'Biwa Cha' is a traditional Japanese herb tea consumed primarily for its health benefits. It helps control respiratory ailments.
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Loquats are low in sodium but high in the potassium content, making them ideal fruits for improving heart health.
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Spain is the largest producer in Europe, however, Japan is the leading producer of loquats in the world, followed by Israel and then Brazil.
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