After a few weeks of moving in, we discovered that the two trees in our tiny backyard are loquat trees!
Well, Brian found out from the neighbors that live directly behind us that our trees bear a “sweet fruit.” The neighbors didn’t know what they were, but they’ve eaten them off our trees because the previous homeowners left the fruit alone.
My mom gave it further inspection and was thrilled to discover they are loquat trees.
My first reaction to finding this out: what’s a loquat? My mom had to explain to me that I’ve had it in Chinese cough syrups and a few other places and that it was pretty much the most exciting thing ever that we had them growing in our backyard.
Seriously. She called and told almost every single Chinese person we know and met.
They’ve been slowly, slowly turning color and I took a bite out of one of the fruits this weekend. It was still too tart!
I’ve been slowly searching for recipes and ideas online. Now I’ll be able to experiment with making jelly or wine (?!) this year.
It’s supposed to be really good and healthful for your lungs and qi (Chinese word for energy), so that’s a bonus for me too! While I would have loved to have a fig or avocado, or a citrus tree, I think it’s pretty cool to be able to have edible fruit right outside our back door.