Have you ever had loquats? The perfect Spring fruit in Lebanon, it is available at all the greengrocers and is hanging in many loquat trees around the capital. It is the most delightful fruit and is originally from China (don’t really know how it found its way to the Near East). I used to see lots of loquats in California as well, but nobody seemed to notice them. They are sold in the Middle-Eastern store in Dallas when in season and there are some loquat producers in California selling it online.
I would highly recommend you try one or two. Unfortunately it is hard to tell if that loquat will be tangy or sweet. Usually if the fruit is fleshy and the color a deep orange, chances are it will be very sweet. It is high in potassium and Vitamin A and pectin, and lots of other good things too. It is called akedenia in the region. I tried stewing it once, which made it taste like apricots.
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