loquat fruit

yellowroses1April 23, 2013

I have loquat trees that are producing fruit for the first time since planting. One of the trees is five years in the ground and the others are all two years planted but this is the first year of fruit.

People have said that the fruit is sweet and luscious but I find it to be sour enough to screw up my face on first bite- like biting into a lemon. On the internet I read that it is sweet-tart and another site says it is sweet. Is there something wrong with my soil or my tastebuds. I don't like a lot of fruit because I find it to be sour instead of sweet that others swear is wonderfully sweet,

How can I use this fruit- other than to fill my composte heap? Even the squirrels have not tried to eat it.

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I got this from the link....

Harvest: Loquat fruits should be allowed to ripen fully before harvesting. They reach maturity in about 90 days from full flower opening. When ripe the fruit develops a distinctive color, depending on the cultivar, and begins to soften. Unripe fruits do not ripen properly off the tree and are excessively acid. Harvest time in California is from March to June. The fruit is difficult to separate from the cluster stems without tearing and must be carefully clipped individually or the whole cluster removed and the fruit then snipped off. Ripe fruit may be stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.

So did your fruit change color and soften before you ate it?

Here is a link that might be useful: LOQUAT Fruit Facts

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 7:24PM
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Yes, I waited until the fruit was a bright orange yellow and was soft but not squishy. Some of them are beginning to brown and rot on the tree so I know they are as ripe as they will get.

I expected the squirrels and the mocking birds to hit the trees hard for fruit but they are not interested. Guess they are waiting for the figs and persimmons to come in. Last year the squirrels took a bite out of every persimmon on the two trees before they ripened and ruined all of the fruit. I didn't thnk they would pass on the loquats. Perhaps they are too sour for them also.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:30AM
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john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)

I find the fruit gets better the longer it fruits.They are grown a lot in the south my grand kids loved them

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:55PM
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So maybe the fruit will be better in a couple of years?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 9:18PM
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that's possible, or it needs to ripen more. are these seedlings? (every seedling I had tastes good anyway)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 10:26PM
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The oldest tree was planted five years ago and is 12-15 feet tall. The four younger ones were planted two years ago and are 10-12 feet tall. No seedlings.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 12:04AM
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Are they a variety you got from a nursery? If not, you probably just have a random seedling. Just like any fruit, named varieties all have different flavors, and even the named grafted varieties have some which taste much better than others. Some are really sweet, some are bland. But a non-grafted seedling--who knows what you get??

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 2:19PM
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