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Aug 24, 2007 09:47 PM

Where to find loquats in LA?

Thanks to the hounds, I was able to identify a fruit that my daughter knew only by sight, and that she has only eaten when she lived in the Middle East...

so, now that she is back in the states, she'd love to find a source for it in LA. Can you suggest farmers markets or other places she might look when it comes back into season, which I understand is in the late Spring?

She lives near Staples now, but will shortly be moving to Westwood, so west side suggestions particularly welcome. Thanks!

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  1. My friend's back yard....really! You may try 99 Ranch Market (nearest one in Van Nuys) when in season.

    1. they are all over the place on the street and in peoples yards. When I go for walks in Pasadena, I will grab some off of the trees I pass

      1. ah, loquats! great fruit. unfortunately, not easy to find here and even more difficult to find good ones.

        when in season, i occasionally see them at the wednesday santa monica farmers market. i've seen them on occasion at one or more whole foods (where they're usually overpriced and not very good). i believe you can find them at numerous armenian markets in the glendale area. i'm betting you'll find the best tasting ones at places like that. i believe i've also seen them at some israeli & persian markets

        1. Honestly, Susan -- and I'm really not intending to be disingenous here -- her best bet, during loquat season, is to take a walk through any residential neighbourhood. There are hundreds of thousands of loquat trees in SoCal, and most people haven't got the least clue that the loquats are actually edible and, if they do know, they can't eat them fast enough and don't have time to make jam.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            literally any neighborhood? Guess either she doesn't walk much or her neighborhood near Staples is the exception (knowing her, it could be the former. I never saw a non-LA girl adapt to driving everywhere so fast :-))

            Seriously, any hints as to a good area to walk?

            1. re: susancinsf

              There were loquats in all the areas I lived in, but I never lived downtown. My old neighbourhood in the Valley -- near Victory and Coldwater Canyon -- had more loquat trees than I could count, and Santa Monica also stands out in my memory.

          2. From living with loquats on the Gulf Coast, the season was late winter there. Definitely not late spring.

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            1. re: shallots

              The season will vary quite a bit here in So Cal depending on where one lives. The climate zones for crops can vary wildly from the coast to the deserts to the mountains, and from north to south. If you get a chance, take a look at Sunset Publication's climate zone maps for So Cal - it's amazing how many microclimates we have here... :)