The loquat is part of the Rosaceae family, so it is very similar in taste and texture with apples. However, they tend to be softer than their relatives and juicier, as well.
Because of their reduced calorie content – only 47 calories per 100 grams of fruit – loquats are indicated for people wanting to lose weight. They contain insoluble fiber and they are a great source of pectin, the same compound found in tomatoes, responsible for protecting the colon against toxic compounds. Consuming substantial quantities of pectin-rich fruits is considered a great method to prevent colon cancer.
The loquat is packed with vitamins and minerals. Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, niacin, folates, among many other vitamins, and iron, manganese, and calcium, as far as minerals go, this native Chinese fruit is a great addition to a healthy diet.
When consumed raw, the loquat offers two opportunities of serving: the center pulp is tart, while the one next to the skin is sweeter. Depending on the consumer’s preferences, just one part can be eaten.
Revised October 24th, 2015
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The loquat originates from south-central China and it is a yellow fruit with a tangy and sweet taste. Although the shrubs it grows in are often used for ornamental purposes, the fruit can be consumed and used in various recipes.