I have this tree on the side of my house. I had no idea what type of tree it was. I only knew two things. It bears fruit and whatever fruit that is, both birds and people passing by my house like to eat them.
One day a friend, who happens to be an arborist stops by. Walks up the driveway, stops, looks at my tree, picks one of the plump orange fruits and takes a big bite.
With juice running down his chin he happily pronounces, “Boy, aren’t you lucky. A healthy, fully loaded loquat tree.” I actually hadn’t even asked him to ID that tree for me. He was there for a whole different assignment. He picked another.
I had in fact been wondering about the identity of that tree for years. Without hesitation the only question that I could manage was a highly intellectual, “what?”. I think I caught him off guard.
In the ensuing information download that my knowledgeable friend immediately gave me, I picked up a couple of points. One, I was indeed lucky to have this delicious fruit tree on my property. Two, there are tons of other Florida homeowners who have the same luck as me. And three, those strangers who I had seen eating my mystery fruit had not wandered off into the bright Florida sunshine and died. Lucky for me.
Here are some photos for those of you have also never seen a loquat.
Since that memorable day my wife and I (and all house guests) have been trying to beat the birds and the poachers to our newly discovered food find. I’m happy to be in on the secret.
If you’re lucky enough to have a loquat tree or know someone that does, here’s a link to a few recipes.