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Help finding Loquat in Bay Area

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busyx2 May 4, 2011 04:57 PM

Hi,
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. wolfe RE: busyx2 May 4, 2011 05:43 PM

    Should be coming into season now. Try farmers market, neighbors yards and asian stores.
    http://www.thelocaldish.com/san-franc...
    http://gardenofeatingblog.blogspot.co...

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: busyx2 May 4, 2011 05:49 PM

      Some past sightings:

      http://www.chow.com/search?query=loqu...

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

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        chocolatetartguy RE: busyx2 May 4, 2011 06:32 PM

        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.

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          oldunc RE: busyx2 May 4, 2011 06:45 PM

          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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            ...tm... RE: oldunc May 5, 2011 12:13 AM

            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. yimster RE: busyx2 May 4, 2011 11:59 PM

            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.

            1. RWCFoodie RE: busyx2 May 30, 2011 01:06 PM

              Organic loquats at this last Saturday's Redwood City Farmers market...

              I love loquats and keep trying to work up the courage to go up and ring the doorbell to ask if I can pick some when I see them growing in someone's yard.

              Hint to those who say they brown at the stem end shortly after being picked: cut them with a tiny bit of stem still attached rather than just pulling them off the branch.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: RWCFoodie May 30, 2011 01:10 PM

                Do it, RWCFoodie! I am sure they will be thrilled to have someone take some of them off your hands. Most people don't eat them, and even the ones who do have more than they know what to do with.

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                  RWCFoodie RE: Ruth Lafler May 30, 2011 01:27 PM

                  Of course, you're right Ruth! I'm such a wuss about these things... Off topic: there's a house a couple of blocks from my house that has a large vegetable garden planted in the front yard. I don't know if these folks just planted a bunch of things and then found out they don't like them or what - there are huge Swiss Chard plants, artichokes, etc. growing that they don't seem to pick at all - what a waste!

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                Joel RE: busyx2 May 30, 2011 01:27 PM

                The recommendation for cough treatment sounds to me for loquat SYRUP, not the fruit. The syrup contains many herbs besides loquat.
                Here's a link:
                http://health.howstuffworks.com/welln...

                You can get this syrup at many Chinese or other Asian stores. There is also a cough-drop form.

                Try searching for loquat cough syrup.

                (on editing, I see that the original post was several weeks ago -- hope the cough has receded)

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                  Windy RE: Joel May 30, 2011 05:46 PM

                  The syrup is also delicious. Much better than cherry cough syrup. No idea whether it works, but I don't mind a spoonful.

                  Doesn't have a noticeable loquat flavor though.

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                    yimster RE: Windy May 31, 2011 12:26 AM

                    Windy they are made from the leaves of the tree not from the fruit itself. Mixed with herbs and honey which makes it tasty. As for working they do help a cough. I have one now and am taking cough syrup the Doctor give me as well as the loquat syrup with is better tasting and seem to work.

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                      Windy RE: yimster May 31, 2011 10:16 PM

                      "a loquat a day..."

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                        yimster RE: Windy Jun 1, 2011 03:19 AM

                        In the past I have only tasted loquat grown by someone. But yesterday I had some that were wild. Much smaller and not as sweet but had strong flavor and too much work for what I got. Think I will stick with the farmer ones.

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                      Keesey RE: Windy Jun 1, 2011 11:41 AM

                      I love the syrup too! My grandma would give it to me in a soup spoon. I handed it back to her clean! Really delicious!

                      It soothes a dry throat more than it suppresses coughs.

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