Amla are small, round berries with light-green skin. The skin is almost translucent, with 6 to 8 faint yellow striations, making the Amla appear to be segmented. The skin is tough, yet thin with a flesh that is crisp and juicy
Wild Rice Shoots
The actual Wild Rice plant grows from 1.2 to 2.4 m in height and its leaves, when fully elongated, measure from 30 to 60 cm in length. The enlarged shoots are harvested, and the upper leaves cut off showing only the shoot with husk-like wrapper leaves.
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Loquats come from different parts of the world and can be available year round.
The loquat's scientific name is Eriobotrya japonica. It is also known as Japanese plum. It is a member of Rosaceae, the rose family, along with the apple, strawberry and pear. One name for the loquat in Chinese is pipa, which means lute, the musical instrument that resembles the shape of the loquat cluster.
Loquats grow on trees in clusters of 4-30. They can be smooth or fuzzy, yellow to yellow-orange, and round, oval, or pear-shaped. Their taste has been described as sweetly tart, similar to apricot or mango.
Loquats are a source of calcium, potassium, fiber and vitamin A. They are used in Chinese medicine for digestive and respiratory issues. The seeds contain amygdalin, which is used as the cancer drug laetrile. The seeds also contain toxic cyanide compounds.
Loquats can be used in any recipe that calls for stone fruits like peaches, apricots, or plums. Loquats are high in pectin and make delicious jellies, jams and compotes. They can be pickled and make good salsas and chutneys. The loquat can be used in sauces for either savory or sweet items, such as meats or ice cream.
Loquat fruit is used in making plum wine. Loquat tree wood has been used in place of pear tree wood in the making of rulers. The fragrant loquat blossom was considered for use in perfume oils in France, but the small yield did not warrant commercial production. Loquat leaf is dried for use as an herbal tea known as biwa-cha in Japan. Loquats are used in Mexico to celebrate Day of the Dead as offerings and ornaments on the altars.
The loquat is native to China and is featured in Chinese folklore. It is said that only royalty were permitted to eat the loquat, as it was believed that the fruit falling into the rivers strengthened the koi to swim up waterfalls and become dragons. Loquats have been in Japan for over a thousand years, and law books from the early 900s described how to properly offer the loquat to Shinto gods. The loquat was brought to the west in 1690 and soon made its way to warm climates around the world, including the Middle East, India, Spain, South America, South Africa, and Mexico. In the United States, loquat trees grow in Southern states, but generally produce fruit only in Hawaii, California and Florida. Currently, Japan is among the largest producers of loquats. It is an ingredient in many dishes in Japan and is often the featured topic on Japanese tv cooking shows.
Recipes that include Loquats. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cafe Liz||Loquat Lemon Mint Sorbet|
|Root SImple||Loquat Leather|
People have spotted Loquats using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
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Near Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
About a day ago, 3/06/14
Spotter's comments : Loquats spotted at Tsukiji market. 1 box for 2200yen from #Nagasaki! Surprised to find them!
Olivewood Gardens Near National City, California, United States
About 305 days ago, 5/06/13
Spotter's comments : I just picked myself a fresh Loquat off the tree that's growing in their garden! Delish!
Jian small fruit stand near Xintiandi Near Shanghai, Shanghai, China
About 315 days ago, 4/27/13
Spotter's comments : Loquats are in season. Large fruit...
Fresh Mart on West Nanjing Road Near Shanghai, Shanghai, China
About 323 days ago, 4/18/13
Spotter's comments : Fresh Loquats from Yunnan
International BoutiQue Market Near Shanghai, Shanghai, China
About 327 days ago, 4/14/13
Spotter's comments : Fresh Loquats are here large size at the International Boutique Market.
Rancho San Diego Farmer's Market Near Rancho San Diego, California, United States
About 342 days ago, 3/30/13
Spotter's comments : Rose Cottage Fruits is selling a handful of loquats today. Mildly sweet flavor and perfect ripeness.
Santa Monica Farmers Market Near Santa Monica, California, United States
About 366 days ago, 3/06/13
Spotter's comments : Loquats are available at Coleman farms at the market today.