Loquats Facts

Eriobotrya japonica which is also called Loquat is a spring delicious fruit that is popular in Asian countries especially in Pakistan, Japan, China, and India, in Japan it is called Japanese plum, its tree start giving fruit right after the end of autumn season and from Asian countries it supplied all over the world through high-speed couriers because its lifetime is only a few days. Due to it’s medicinal and various health benefits, this fruit is so popular all over the world. Like all other fruits, nature gifted loquat with some extra features this is why this amazing juicy fruit could provide its own only one of its kind set of health benefits for the human fitness.

Name Loquats
Scientific Name Eriobotrya japonica
Native Western China
Common/English Name Chinese Loquat, Japanese Loquat, Japanese Medlar, Japanese Plum, Loquat, Naspli.
Name in Other Languages Italian : Nespola Del Giappone
Afrikaans : Lukwart
Polish : Niesplik Japonski
Burmese : Tayok Hninthi
Portuguese : Nêsperas Do Japão
Chinese : Pi Ba
Nepalese : Lokat
Danish : Japanmispel
Hungarian: Japán Naspolya
Zimbabwe : Muzhanje ( Shona )
Spanish : Nispero De España
Eastonian : Jaapani Villpööris
Vietnamese : Ti Ba Diêp
Swedish : Japansk Mispel
French : Bibasse (Fruit)
Zambia: Muzhanje ( Shona )
German : Japanische Mispel
Brazil : Ameixa-Do-Japão
Greek : Iaponika Mousmoula
Japanese : Biwa
Khmer : Tôn Leap
Thai : Lokhwoot
Korean : Bipanamu
Russian: Eriobotriia
Dutch : Japanse Mispel
Slovenian : Japonska Nešplja
Finnish: Japaninmispeli
Czech : Mišpule
Plant Growth Habit Evergreen, large shrub or small tree
Growing Climate Adapted to a subtropical to mild temperate climate.
Soil Grow on a wide range of soils of moderate fertility, from light sandy loam to heavy clay and even oolitic limestone, but needs good drainage. It abhors water-logged conditions
Plant Size 5–10 meters (16–33 ft.) tall
Root Shallow root system
Leaf Glossy dark green, margin entire, shallowly serrate apically, coriaceous, large, obovate- oblong or elliptic, 12–30 long, 3–9 cm wide, apex acute, base cuneate, abaxially rusty grey tomentose, 11–12 pairs of lateral veins.
Flower Flowers are 2 cm (1 in) in diameter, white, with five petals, and produced in stiff panicles of three to ten flowers. The flowers have a sweet, heady aroma that can be smelled from a distance.
Flowering Season October and December
Fruit Shape & Shape Fruit occurs in clusters of 4–30, oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 3–4 cm by 2–5 cm across, skin leathery rusty tomentose later glabrescent, juicy pulp, sweet to sub acid.
Fruit Color Green turning to yellow or orangey-yellow
Fruit Skin Moderately thick skin reminiscent to a peach
Flesh Color Either white, yellow or orange depending on the cultivar type
Flavor/Aroma Pleasant aroma
Taste Succulent, sweet and tangy taste
Seed Usually 3-5, centrally places large brown seeds, angular-ellipsoid, 15 mm by 8 mm. Seeds are inedible, and may carry toxic cyanogen-glycosides.
Season June
Varieties/Types
Major Nutrition Vitamin A, RAE 113 µg (16.14%)
Carbohydrate 18.09 g (13.92%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.149 mg (11.46%)
Manganese, Mn 0.221 mg (9.61%)
Potassium, K 396 mg (8.43%)
Copper, Cu 0.06 mg (6.67%)
Total dietary Fiber 2.5 g (6.58%)
Phosphorus, P 40 mg (5.71%)
Iron, Fe 0.42 mg (5.25%)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 21 µg (5.25%)
Health Benefits
  • Circulatory System
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Lower Cancer Risk
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Soothe Respiratory System
  • Promotes weight Loss
  • Strengthen Bones
  • Digestion
  • Immune System Health
  • Improves Eye Vision
  • Cholesterol Levels
Calories in 1 cup (149 gm) 70 K cal