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Harvesting Loquats


A lot of people watch the wildlife and the plants to get the indication of what the weather has been and this is a good one to watch. This is a Loquat Tree, sometimes referred to as a Japanese Plum, and most of us have it in our lawns as an evergreen shrub or tree. As you can see it gets into a very large tree with beautiful slick foliage.

But what a lot of people don't realize is, if we've had an extremely mild winter, this thing will produce a delicious fruit that you can make jams and jellies out of, such as we see here. This is an indication that we had a very mild winter.

Now the reason we have fruit this year is because this thing blooms in January. Usually we have cold enough weather that the blooms are killed and you never see any fruit on your tree. This year we had an extremely mild winter and these things are loaded with fruit. And a very good tasty fruit as you can see by this. They're very sweet, and like I've said, they have a plum like flavor and are referred to as the Japanese Loquat.

OK, a lot of people say, "how do I make jam and jelly out of them?" If you don't have a recipe to make jam and jelly out of them send me a self addressed envelope to the Weekend Gardener's address, which is of course: The Weekend Gardener P.O. Box 380391 zip code 78280 and we will send you that. It will also be in Sunday's Garden Page.

So you can make delicious fruit out of this or jam and jelly, but make sure you do it now because these things only produce about every seven years.

This has been Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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