Cherries and Loquats


David Karp the famous fruit detective talks about loquats

Fresh from the tree, the loquat is juicy, sweet, and bursting with juice and flavor. But it’s so delicate and decays so quickly that it’s rarely shipped to commercial markets. Loquats are labor-intensive to grow, pick and pack; and they’re subject to blights, birds and bats. Loquats may be rare, but they’re really worth looking for.

Cherry season is short and right now is the height of the season for wonderful eating cherries. More vendors are returning to the Wednesday market as the fruit season gets in full swing. Wednesday market had tulare and early garnet cherries varieties not commonly seen. They both keep well. Tony Tantillo gives some advice on purchasing and storing cherries.