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Ian Sutton

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I had a huge smile on my face today, finding my favourite fruit for the first time ever on Norwich market
Being so early in the season, they looked pristine like these (but to the touch felt like they weren't badly under-ripe):

Later in April and into May, they bruise incredibly easily, but that's typically a good sign and for instance fruit that looks like this should be bought with confidence

Whilst the skin is edible, we peel them, remove the 3-6 large seeds inside and the quite bitter pith, and either eat them with other fresh fruit, or with yoghurt and granola for breakfast. Especially when fully / a little over-ripe, they are incredibly juicy and even a faint touch of bitterness adds a little complexity / contrast to the fruit.

Also know as nispero in Spain, medlar in the UK (but I'm not sure our medlars are the same fruit, or at least variety), and loquat elsewhere.

Today I am very happy indeed, as otherwise it requires a 2hr train trip down to London and walk to Borough Market.


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Agree with Ian about the pleasure of finding a favorite fruit back in its season. Loquats are to be especially appreciated : bats and birds usually force growers to put their trees under nets (also helps to prevent damage from frosts, as the fruit develops in winter), while thinning the bunches of flowers (to insure market-sized fruits) is also labor-intensive. Add to that the fact that these fruits are ripe for only a short time, don't ripen if picked early, and easily bruise - and you get a fruit that indeed deserves a compliment when you see it.
Here in Israel I have seen experimental varieties of this crop, so I suppose that there is an interest in trying to make the fruit more appealing, both to growers and customers.

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