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Loquats

They're all over my local (Astoria, NY) vegetable markets lately. Suggestions?

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    1. anyone know where I can buy them in the E. Village?

      1. I'm glad to hear loquats (aka nisperos) are all over the markets. They are underappreciated IMO and though there are trees in neighborhoods here in Northern California most people don't eat them or even know they are edible. I like them best raw eaten out of hand. They can be fantastic with the right cheese. They've already ripened and gone here but I had some this spring with a "Breakfast Cheese" from Marin French Cheese Co.

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        1. re: Junie D

          Yes, sit on the front porch and spit the seeds into the garden. Next year you will have a little loquat tree for almost every seed. They are good reproducers!

          1. re: Junie D

            I had some last month from the Oakland Friday Farmers' Market which were pretty good. Never had seen them for sale before. Used to gorge on them from my parents' L.A. trees. Deeeelish.

            1. re: oakjoan

              I've only seen them for sale in Italy so it is encouraging that the US is catching on! Don't know when they ripen in LA but up here they are such a treat in late April and May when the winter citrus is waning and the strawberries aren't quite ready.

          2. I use them in fruit salads with a little coconut milk/cream.

            1. We eat them fresh off the tree, if and when we can get them from our dog. She picks them herself.