Loquat is a small, evergreen tree or shrub that is native to China and widely cultivated in Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia. It produces small, round or pear-shaped fruit that are yellow-orange in color and about the size of a large cherry or small plum. The fruit has a sweet, slightly tangy flavor and is juicy and fragrant.
Loquats are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. They are often eaten fresh, but can also be used in desserts, jams, and chutneys. The fruit is also used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments, including coughs, asthma, and skin inflammation.
The trees are easy to grow and can tolerate a range of soil types and climates, although they prefer warm, humid environments. They can be grown in gardens or as container plants, and are generally low-maintenance. Loquats are generally harvested in the spring or early summer, depending on the location and climate.