Fruits

Health Benefits of Loquat

The loquat is a very famous fruit in Chinese medicine due to its therapeutic use for health treatments. This fruit comes from the mountainous regions and rainforests of southeast China.

It is cultivated in East Asia, however, over time, more people have had the pleasure of enjoying the sweet and impactful taste.

LOQUAT FRUIT

Loquat is the name of the tree that bears these fruits. They ripen in late winter and early spring. This fruit is oval and has three to five centimeters. The bark, which is yellow-orange in color, is thin, soft and velvety.

In general, the loquat is peeled for consumption. The skin is thin and can be removed without difficulty when the fruit is ripe. It is worth mentioning that it is compared to an apple by some consumers. This is due to the high sugar content and acidity, for example.

It is consumed fresh and combines with other fruits. If you want it, it can be mixed with other types in fruit salads.

BENEFITS OF LOQUAT

The loquat is considered a fruit that has several health benefits, namely:

  • Rich in antioxidants;
  • Low calorie;
  • Helps in cardiac and arterial functions;
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels;
  • Excellent source of vitamin A;
  • Rich in potassium;
  • Helps to strengthen bones;
  • Helps in the formation of red blood cells; and
  • Contributes to the production of hormones, enzymes and blood cells.

LOQUAT PROPERTIES

The loquat is a source of:

  • pectin;
  • Tannin;
  • Citric acid;
  • Boric acid;
  • Malic; and
  • Tartaric

It is worth noting that, in its nutritional composition, there is a massive presence of B complex vitamins, vitamin B6, vitamin A, niacin and vitamin C.

Still in this perspective, loquat is a great source of minerals, as well as copper, iron, calcium, manganese and phosphorus.

The loquat contributes to:

  • Tonsillitis relief;
  • Treat stomatitis;
  • Regulates the bowel;
  • Tones the intestinal mucosa; and
  • Attenuation of sore throats.

LOQUAT OR PLUM

The loquat is also known as the yellow plum. This fruit, in addition to being low in calories, is a source of vitamins and minerals.

It is important to emphasize that the orange color is associated with the presence of beta-carotene, which, in turn, helps to protect the skin and eyes. Additionally, this fruit has a significant amount of fiber, so it helps in the intestinal tract.

HOW TO PLANT LOQUAT

It is possible to take the seeds from purchased fruits or from other trees. To do this, observe the following steps:

1. Choose the fruits that have the healthiest appearance possible;

2. Remove the pulp;

3. Wash the seeds and let them dry in the shade;

4. Place them in small bags as a neutral seedling fertilizer; and

5. Keep the fertilizer moist and never soaked.

As the substrate is kept moist, the bags should preferably be in half-shaded places. This means they can catch the morning sun until the first bud is noticed. After that moment, it is possible to plant it in a definitive location.

LOQUAT CULTIVATION

Considering the fact that the loquat is a medium-sized tree, it is necessary to choose a place with space so that it can develop without competing for space with the other plants.

While the plant is in the process of growing, keep the soil fertilized with compost and substrate. Remember that the soil must be moist and never wet. When the plant is bigger, the fruits will start to grow. From there, place a protective wrapping or newspaper on each bunch to protect from pests until they mature and can be harvested.

Remove the less lush leaves, but you don’t need to cut the branches. Leave the fruit on the tree to prolong fruiting. Then just wait for the next harvest at the end of winter.

LOQUAT SEASON

As this tree has a good development, it adapts easily to both mild and hot temperatures. This type of tree prefers deep soils, rich in organic matter and plenty of water.

The loquat tree produces good fruit from the second year of cultivation and this production can be extended for more than twenty years.

LOQUAT TREE

The loquat tree in Brazil is called loquat, a plant species from the Maloideae family of the Rosaceae family . This tree, which has elongated and dark green leaves, can reach up to ten meters in height.

The tree has elongated leaves, a dark green coloration and a rigid texture. It is noteworthy that many people know it as plum, Japanese plum or yellow plum.

This tree differs from other fruit trees in several ways. Among them we highlight that the flowers appear in autumn and early winter and the fruits ripen in late winter and early spring.

The roots of the loquat are very deep. This way, the tree can topple over if there is strong wind. The branches are tough, so there’s no danger of breaking in the winds. On the other hand, the fruits can be harmed.

POTTED LOQUAT

It is known that many people look for this fruit, either because of the benefits it offers, or because of its characteristic flavor. Furthermore, there are individuals who seek this type of plant for decorative purposes. The loquat or yellow plum, as it is popularly known, produces significant amounts of flowers that beautify the environment.

It is a mistake to think that this tree can only be cultivated in large backyards. The best way to acquire this plant would be to buy a seedling already prepared for planting.

It is important to emphasize that the seedlings must be positioned in half-shaded places, as long as they get the sun in the morning. This process must be continued until the first sprout is born. From then on, the seedling can stay in a definitive location.

Ideally, the pot should have at least ten liters. This will help the plant to develop properly.

LOQUAT PRICE

Depending on the season, you can find a box of two kilos of loquat for R$ 20.00.

Each 100gr portion is equivalent to 45kcal.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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