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My mama brought home a bag of biwa the other day, the Japanese word for the fruit loquat. I guess her friend has a biwa tree in her yard- have you ever heard of them? They are these darling little apricot-like things that grow in clusters. Look at this one small branch!

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A bit of a pain to eat- the skin is really thick and hairy. Best to peel back and get to the fruit. Unfortunately the pits are huge, but the fruit itself is truly juicy and sweet.

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Wiki says that the seeds contain traces of cyanide! KILLER!

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Also according to Wiki, Japan is the largest producer of Biwa, although it's Chinese in origin. The Chinese use the fruit to soothe sore throats as well.
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5 comments

  • how funny, k. i totally had one of these while i was in the bay area! some friends of friends brought them to the beach and i tasted one and thought, what a sweet, tart, peculiar little fruit.

    youcannotbeserious on

  • That batch of Biwa looks especially tasty!

    There a ton of fruits that contain cyanide (apples, mangoes, peaches, etc). It sort of works as a natural pesticide. Some theories suggest that we started farming cyanide containing fruits back in the prehistoric years because they were more resistant to pests so easier to farm.

    E on

  • I used to have one in the backyard of my childhood home. Their was an opossum family that would always hang out in it. What a lucky family they were.

    yoko on

  • They are certainly peculiar!

    E, thanks for all the juicy info! So much to learn…

    kayoko on

  • also, there was this today in the times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/dining/10Fruit.html

    jenny on

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