I hate to say it, but the wacky winter and late frost did not do the loquats any favors. This has definitely not been the best year for the little orange beauties. In years past, we have harvested as many as ten or fifteen gallons at a time with no problem. This year, a young neighbor girl who was over playing with our daughter volunteered to climb up into the tree and get the few bunches that were ripe at the top.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with loquats, they are used in commercial landscaping a good deal as they are evergreen and hardy as an ox. They don’t succumb to pests and need little irrigation if any. This makes them an ideal candidate for the sides of parking garages. They taste like a cross between a peach and some sort of citrus.