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May 4, 2011 04:57 PM

Help finding Loquat in Bay Area

I am trying to buy loquat as I was told it could help with my daughter's (2 yrs old) persistent coughing (flu was gone, but still coughing for the last 3 weeks), since small kid is

It's not commonly sold in regular grocery or fruit places. If you know of any place, please let me know.

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  1. Should be coming into season now. Try farmers market, neighbors yards and asian stores.

    1. Some past sightings:

      Foraging is currently prohibited in most of the Bay Area due to the light brown apple moth quarantine.

      1. I have seen them in the past at Monterrey Market. I can think of at least 3 public locations where there are trees, although can vouch for neither their flavor, nor their safety.

        1. Loquats, unfortunately, deteriorate in quality at a precipitate rate immediately after picking, so have never caught on as a retail item. Monterey used to have them occasionally, with big hunks of stem attached- maybe that helped. A bit late for your daughter, perhaps, but they are quite easily grown in the Bay Area, and are a nice landscape tree- look for them in places where there are a lot of Portuguese people (my grandfather always kept us supplied).

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          1. re: oldunc

            They are extremely perishible, as I've found from having a giant tree in my backyard. Any loquat off the stem goes brown at the top withing hours. Also, as a note on when the season might be, there is one bunch on my tree just starting to ripen, so it will probably be a couple more weeks until they are prevalent in the area.

          2. A little too early but it should around in June and July. Asian markets has a syrup made from loquat leaves with honey which I have use for cough and it not as good as some Western cough syrups but easier on the system.