Loquat fruits should be accustomed to decline absolutely afore harvesting. They ability ability in about 90 canicule from abounding annual opening. When accomplished the fruit develops a characteristic color, depending on the cultivar, and begins to soften. Unripe fruits do not decline appropriately off the timberline and are badly acid. Harvest time in California is from March to June. The fruit is difficult to extracted from the array stems after disturbing and have to be anxiously abrupt alone or the accomplished array removed and the fruit again snipped off. Accomplished fruit may be stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.
The loquat is commensurable to the angel in abounding aspects, with a top sugar, acerbic and pectin content. It is eaten as a beginning fruit and mixes able-bodied with added fruits in beginning fruit salads or fruit cups. Firm, hardly adolescent fruits are best for authoritative pies or tarts. The fruits are aswell frequently acclimated to accomplish jam, clabber and chutney, and are adorable poached in ablaze syrup. Loquats can aswell be acclimated to accomplish wine.