Loquat fruit are one of the first fruits to ripen each year and normally come available in California during May and June. A lot of Our requests come from people who ate loquat fruit when they were growing up. It is a taste they do not forget and want to experience that taste again and again. It has a taste of its own that is hard to describe.
Some people describe it as tasty and sweet with minimal tartness. Some say the loquat fruit have a tangy flavor. Others may say it is sweet but lacks acidity. Even others describe the loquat fruit as having a sweet & sour berry taste The taste differs between different loquat varieties. The taste also differs if one picks them when they are just getting ripe or have been ripe for some time.
What We provide is a mixture of varieties that are in season at that time. In this way, We provide a sampling of various tasty loquat fruit to compare with. Keep in mind that some smaller varieties of loquat fruit are more tastier than larger fruit or vice versa. The loquat fruit in each box may be a little different from loquat fruit in other boxes. There is no uniformity.
The loquats are usually packed in a 11" X 8.5" X 5.5" Flat Rate Priority Mail box. Although We weight the boxes while being packed, We do not count the fruit. If the fruit are smaller, We can get more fruit in the box. The boxes are lined inside with various types of cushioning material. We maintain a minimum of 3 pounds of fruit with stems in each 3-pound box. Each box contains a mixture of different varieties of loquats, sizes, and flavors from different trees. Some may be big, some may be medium size, and others may be small. Bigger is not always better. Some fruit may be sweeter and others may be more tart or may have a little different taste. The contents of each box will be somewhat different from another box in some ways. There is no uniformity except for the box size and a minimum of 3 pounds of fruit with stems in a 3 pound box. We have packages sent all over America where Flat Rate Priority Mail is delivered.
We normally send out the packages on the first, second, or third work day of each week when available so that they arrive on or before Saturday.
When requesting two or more 3-pound boxes early in the season, We can have one box sent the first week, the second box or two the next week, et cetera, according to your written request. Keep in mind that there are only four to six weeks in a loquat fruit season.
If you want the boxes all delivered at the same time, especially if you are planning on canning or processing the loquat fruit, or serving them all at the same time at some function, please indicate it on your request.
If there are no instructions on your request, it is then left to Our discretion and or to Our preference.
Jack Slevkoff's Enterprises
Also called May Apple,
Japanese medlar, and Japanese plum
In Mandarin Chinese, the name is “pipa”.
In Japan, the fruit are called “biwa”.
People in some European countries such as Spain and Italy
call the loquat fruit “nispero”, “nipero”, “mespel”, or “nespoli.”
In the Middle East they are called “acadinias.”
We will begin accepting requests for fruit on:
Payment can be made via PayPal (see "PayPal" info below).
Checks and money orders received will be cashed immediately
to assure and verify bank clearance.
Early orders will be filled when the fruit has turned a golden color,
usually during the first part of May depending on the weather.
The fruit may be less tart as the season progresses.
Requests will be filled on a first-come basis.
The harvest season usually ends at the end of May or first part of June.
Orders received after May 31 may be returned unless fruit is still available.
For large quantity, click on button below:
Each 3-lb box will have more than 3 lbs of loquat fruit with stems.
S&H costs shown are for destinations within USA
The fruit is sent via Priority Mail.
Express Mail may be available at additional cost.
Send email with destination information to request a quote.
S&H costs for Express Mail range from $25 to $55 per 3-lb box,
depending on the distance from Our location.
If We combine four 3-lb boxes into one box
the S&H costs would range from $45 to $105
depending on the distance from Our location.
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In 2014, We started filling some special requests on April 21 and 29 and officially started the picking season on Monday, May 5. The official last picking day was May 20. However, some remaining requests were filled Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28. Temperatures of 95 to over 100 degrees from May 13 to May 16 accelerated the ripening of the fruit.
In 2013, We officially began picking on Monday, May 13. Last picking day was May 22. Any requests or orders for fruit after May 21 were returned or refunded. We had a lot more requests for fruit but the crop was much smaller.
In 2012, We began picking on Monday, May 21. Last picking day was June 11.
In 2011, We began picking on Monday, May 16. Our last picking day was Monday, June 6. As of June 12, We did not receive any hot weather that was 90ºor hotter. Our last orders went out at end of June.
In 2010, We began picking on Monday, May 24. Some fruit were ripe to pick and some were still green or just starting to turn color from green to yellow. California did not have any hot days until the end of May. We normally start picking about a week after We receive some hot weather. Every year is different. This year has been much cooler than other years. We normally pick on a Monday so that you would have the package(s) before the weekend. Once We start picking, the season will last for about three to four weeks.
In 2009, picking began on May 4
In 2008, picking began on May 9 and ended June 2. We had a heat wave from May 16 to May 20 with record breaking temperatures of 103 degrees and greater on May 17.
In 2007, picking began on May 8 and ended on May 29.
In 2006, We were out of fruit for sale on May 21
In 2004, We were out of fruit for sale on May 19
Refrigerate the loquat fruit upon arrival. The loquat fruit will last at least a couple of weeks if properly refrigerated between 35 and 50 degrees as long as the fruit is not damaged and the stems are still intact. Individually wrapping each fruit with a part of a paper towel or tissue paper will also increase the life of the fruit along with refrigeration.