The Loquat is pictured to the left. It is in the family rosaceae. Other relatives in this family are apples, pears, strawberries, and peaches to name a few. The loquat is a larger tree than a kumquat which is in a completely different family discussed below. The loquat were once described on The Food Network's Chopped as if a mango and an apricot had a baby. I think this is pretty spot on. Some varieties of loquat are more tart like Yehuta while others are mostly sweet. Pros: you can freeze them and cook with them like a peach. Yummy. The tree is pretty low maintenance and is well suited for planting in most of Florida. Fertilize it in lower quantity but same frequency as other fruit bearing trees.
The large and sometimes glossy leaves of the Loquat make it increasingly popular in the landscape- even in medians. You may want to prune your loquat tree or it can exceed 20 feet. I find it to be a beautiful shade tree. We have at least 3 loquats on our property -we enjoy them so much. I think we have hit peak season on ours. Cons: The seed (which is easily removed) contains toxins like an apple seed. So please don't consume it. The peel is very thin and edible. One of my favorite trees for its beauty, production, flavor, and low maintenance.
The kumquat is a citrus relative. The tree is easily maintained under 10 feet even without pruning. I wish I had taken a picture of our nagami kumquat from a distance prior to any picking. It was stunning. The picture shown below is of the upper branches prior to full harvesting. Although they are almost over-ripe right now. The Nagami (oblong) pictured here is the same as our logo. It is the tart variety but is quite sweet this late in the season. Many people try peeling the kumquat and it should be eaten with the peel on or the flavor is going to be tart or bitter even if you are eating the sweeter variety called Meiwa (round). Peak season was Nov-Jan which is another difference between kumquat and loquat. Kumquats are popular to eat out of hand and people swear by the marmalades. There is a fellow that makes us some- and I am not a marmalade fan- but I must admit its quite tasty. I prefer loquats for out of hand eating because I have a sweet tooth. the kumquat is a beautiful tree in a smaller stature. For those that love citrus and are short on space or want to raise one in a pot- the kumquat is a great choice. Pro: Versatile fruit and one of the most cold hardy when it comes to citrus. Con: you have to like zest (because that is what it tastes like to me. Treat it like a citrus tree and its happy.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 10-4 we will be having an 'open house' at our nursery. You do not need to call ahead to arrange your visit on this day. We will be expecting you! If you need directions or are looking for something specific- please try to call before 10 am and we will be happy to direct you. During the sale we may not be prompt on the phone if we have a larger turnout of customers.
Many items like palms will be on clearance. Others will be at our regular great prices and some will be going up in price come January. We have many varieties of avocado, mango, citrus, and other fruiting plants as well. But most of our clearance will be palms, shrubs, and some hard to find odds and ends like golden chalice, tibouchina (glory bush) and corn plants, etc.
D&B Nursery will be joining many vendors from around the state this Sunday the 30th at the Sarasota Fairgrounds for the Annual Rare Fruit Tree Sale hosted by Sarasota Fruit and Nut Society. It is a FREE event with FREE parking. It is open to the public from 10am-4pm. We can't wait to see you there. A phenomenal selection of plants and trees will be there and only if they are EDIBLE. We will be delighted to see you there!
Food vendors will be there if you get hungry thinking about all the fruits, nuts, and herbs you can grow in your yard.
For those braving the heat we offer $5.00 off your purchase of $50.00 or more. Many people wait for rainy season for planting. So embrace the heat and save some cash. This offer is only available at our nursery location this July, not at the farmer's market. Please call and set up your visit with Don (941) 276-7758. Thanks and we hope to see you soon.
We are selling at the Venice Farmer's Market on Saturdays this summer.
The hours are 8-12. It is an awesome market where you can find your produce, herbs, plants, crafts, and maybe find a new best friend. Sarasota Sheriff's Animal
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