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Plant chemicals called carotenoids give this orange-fleshed fruit its color and provide an excellent source of vitamin A, essential for healthy eyes and a strong immune system. Loquats are also a good source of calcium, potassium, and fiber.
The flavor is similar to peaches, apricots, or plums, with notes of citrus and mango.
How to Eat Loquat?
Loquat can be eaten fresh like other fruit, and the skin is usually eaten as well. Just be mindful that there are seeds in the middle, similar to an apricot. It can also be used like apples, peaches, etc., in pies, jams, and other culinary uses.
It is also used to make loquat syrup used in traditional Chinese medicine as a cough remedy and has even been commercialized and sold as honey loquat syrup and loquat tea. Various loquat recipes can be found all over the internet, even though it’s not very popular here.
How to Peel Loquats?
The skin is completely edible, but a lot of people prefer to peel it. It is similar to apples or peaches, where it depends on your personal preference. The skin is good for smoothies and other blended recipes and removing the skin for pies and jams. After peeling, wash your hands, because the skin can stain skin and nails if left on.
If you are peeling them to eat immediately, cut them in half, then twist off stem, and peel off the skin. It should come off very easily, then you can scoop out the seeds and membrane. If you are going to prepare jam or make a pie, you can also blanch them to make it easier.
Loquats contain quite a few vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A and C, a few B-complex vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, and copper. They also have pectin, a type of fiber that is normally found as the thickening agent that is added to jams and jellies but is also very good for helping with digestion and elimination.
They are quite low-calorie, not having a substantial amount of fats or protein. The vitamins and minerals present in loquat can be beneficial to your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, respiratory system, and immune health.
Those with iron deficiency anemia will also benefit from adding loquats to their diet, but please continue to take any iron supplements prescribed to you.
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