It has given us a crop every year since, although it seems to be heavier one year and lighter the next. Any sugesstions? Skin is pale orange with juicy very sweet orange flesh and just enough acidity to round out the flavor. We support local food sovereignty- grow your own One Green World! However, by that point the acidity is gone and I find the fruit kind of boring. Very different in flavor than the Vincent Fuzzy kiwifruits. Similar to seeds in apples and pears, loquat seeds and young leaves are slightly poisonous, because they release small amounts of cynide when digested. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A strikingly beautiful, small to medium size evergreen tree, Loquats feature long, dark green, deeply toothed foliage and tasty, light orange, apricot-like fruit. We offer unique and rare fruit and nut trees, shrubs, and vines. And if you don’t feel free to leave me some of your thoughts on loquats. For a tree its size, it is extremely productive. It has been in the ground about 6-7 years and is about 6-7 feet tall at its highest point and has a similar width. It is a red grape with tiny berries that has been ready in mid to late June the last few years. I planted it hoping to extend the loquat season beyond the Big Jim harvest, but. We are a family owned and operated nursery in Portland Oregon. Thanks. Botanical Name Eriobotrya japonica 'Big Jim' Also Known As Japanese Plum | Chinese Plum | Japanese Medlar | Pei Paa | Pipa | 琵琶| 枇杷 | 芦橘 | 金丸 | 芦枝. I haven’t found a way to preserve loquats in a way I really enjoy them after the harvest season is over. Seedling loquats typically take 6 to 10 years to reach fruiting age, like the tree across the street at my friend K’s house. It works out perfectly for me. Yes, and I am sorry to tell you it took a long time. We had about 80 lbs. 5.0 out of 5 stars Big Jim's Loquat Tree in Excellent condition. The chickens like to peck any fruit that happens to droop far enough down to be within their reach. I am passionate about plants and love to share what I have learned. The citrus trees are blooming like crazy and I had to cover the Owari Satsuma Madarin last weekend to keep the bees from pollinating it and causing it to make seedy fruit. The bees aren’t missing out on citrus flowers since they still have access to the Santa Theresa Lemon, Bearss Lime, Improved Meyer, Cara Cara Navel, and Tango and Gold Nugget Mandarins. Retail Garden Center: Due to its heavy fruiting, it has not grown much. Many folks prefer them when they get so ripe that they are almost wrinkled, and then the fruit tastes more like a peach or slightly mango like. Loquat’s ornamental value makes it well worth growing and, depending on the winter weather, you should occasionally receive a crop of this unusual and delicious fruit. The skin on the fruit is fuzzy like a peach but is not palatable. Thanks! But I almost always have enough to share with friends. It sets plenty of parthenocarpic fruit without the pollination when its covered and it actually helps to regulate the crop load to keep it from alternate bearing. But it could be because I haven’t had any loquats since the year before and McBeth fruits are the first variety ready around here. They ripen after the Owari Satsuma mandarins and Cara Cara Navels have finished for their season. Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018 I order plants and trees constantly add to our orchard, but I was totally shocked when this Loquat arrived! Loquat is always the first fruit of Spring around here, even before raspberries and cherries. Big Jim originated in Southern California and was selected by Jim Neitzel for its large and delicious fruits that are up to 1.5″ in diameter! Besides loquats ripening, there are lots of other things going on in the backyard orchard these days. It was purchased at a local nursery in 2015, however, I don’t recall who the wholesale grower was off the top of my head. At OGW we offer a diversity of food plants and their companions from around the world. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . Big Jim fruit, shown on the right, has one of the largest fruits and offers a very good flesh to seed ratio. Latin Name: Eriobotrya japonica At our retail garden center we offer seasonal fruit tasting, preservation and plant care classes as well as hold events in the community. 2020©ONE GREEN WORLD. And by this time of year we are usually pretty tired of apples out of cold storage sold at the grocery store.