Loquat ~ Nêspera

Photo by priscillakittycat,

Photos by Priscillakittycat,

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I really wanted an Avocado Tree.  So I planted an avocado seed in a pot and waited.   When the plant in the pot was about two feet high, I called over my neighbor, Juancho, and proudly showed him this latest success.  Juancho is a Spaniard who grows all sorts of cool stuff in his yard.  He looked at the avocado tree and chuckled.  My avocado tree, he said, was not an avocado.  He suggested it might be Níspero.  (The English word is Loquat.)

I’m a little stubborn sometimes.  “Nooooo”, I insited.  “It’s an avocado tree.  I planted an avocado seed in that pot.”  Juancho motioned for me to follow him.  We went to his backyard and stopped in front of his loquat tree.  He snapped off one of the leaves.  It had the same features as those of the new plant.  We laughed about it because it wasn’t the first time I thought I planted something that turned out to be something else.

Another surprise came this week. Finally, after two years the now very tall and mature loquat tree will bear fruit. When I saw the sprouting buds I squealed like a baby pig.  Nature is amazing.  In case you didn’t know it, loquat is an exotic fruit that originated in Asia-either Japan or China.  They’re called Japanese Plum or Chinese Plum and are absolutely delicious.


Tenho que rir quando vejo a arvore de nêspera no quintal.  Eu jurava que tinha plantado uma semente de abacate no pote.  Quando a semente brotou eu chamei meu vizinho, Juancho, para ver a muda de abacate.  Ele entende sobre as plantas e gosta de plantar.  O Juancho deu uma olhada na planta e disse que não era abacate.

“Claro que é!” foi a minha resposta.  O meu vizinho, com aquele paciência, me pegou pelo braço e me levou para o quintal dele.  Ele parou em frente a arvore de nêspera e rancou uma folha.  Era igualzinha as folhas da muda que estava no pote. Então, o abacate virou nêspera.  (De vez em quando planto semente no pote e esqueço o que era.)  A nêspera é uma fruta exotica, original da China e do Japão.  Tem um sabor muito bom.  A fruta bem madura é doce enquanto a verde tem um gostinho meio amargo.  Adoro!  Logo, logo a mudinha que agora é arvore vai dar frutinhas.

Pomegranate ~ Romã

Pomegranates fresh from the backyard.  Photos by Priscillakittycat

Pomegranates fresh from the backyard. Photos by Priscillakittycat

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I can’t keep saying, “my favorite fruit is…” because they are all my favorite and I wouldn’t want you to think I’m waffling.  How about I just tell you the ones that top the list? Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Loquat (Níspero), Raspberries, Surinam Cherries (Pitanga), Papaya, Lemon, Tamarindo, Jaboticaba, and Pineapple.  You’ll notice that with the exception of Papaya, all the others are very tangy or acidic fruits.  When given the choice between a chocolate gelato or a lemon flavored one…nine times out of ten, I’ll choose the lemon.  I remember when we were kids, during the hot and dry summers of Alice, Texas, dad would take us to Baskin Robbins for ice cream.  I always chose the Raspberry Sherbert or the Rainbow Sherbert.

The pomegranates you see in the picture come from the tree I planted in 2010.  Among the other trees that adorn our backyard…you guessed it–the majority are tangy fruits.  We have a Níspero tree that I planted by accident.  The tree grew out of a pot.  I thought it was an avocado tree and proudly showed the pot to my Spanish neighbor, Juancho.  He asked if I was sure that’s what I planted in the pot.  “Yes”, of course I’m sure.  He motioned for me to follow him through the yard to his Níspero (loquat) tree.  I burst out in laughter.  There was no doubt the leaves on my tree were those of a loquat, not an avocado tree.  (Juancho has both in his yard).  I must have tossed a seed or two in the pot after eating one of the fruits off his tree.  Excited that I had managed to accidentally plant an exotic tree, I transferred it to a sunny spot in the front yard.  Juancho expects I’ll have a tree full of loquat next year.  In the meantime, I pick-and-eat the fruits off his tree.

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Ooops, agora que eu me dei conta…esqueci de traduzir os textos mais recentes para o Portugues.  Vou tirar um break e volto já com a tradução!

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Não posso ficar dizendo, “minha fruta favorita é…” porque você vai pensar que sou indecisa.  É porque todas são boas!  A lista das favoritas:  Maracujá, Romã, Loquat, Amora, Pitanga, Mamão, Limão, Tamarindo, Jaboticaba, e Abacaxi. Com exeção ao Mamão todas estas frutas são acidas.  Se me fizer escolher entre um gelato de chocolate ou um de limão, eu escolho o de limão.

As romãs que você vê na foto vieram do quintal onde plantei uma variedade de árvores frutíferas.  Tenho até uma arvore de Níspero que plantei sem saber.  Pensei que era abacate mas quando o meu vizinho espanhol (Juancho) viu a muda, me disse logo que a muda não era de abacate.  Eu provavelmente jogei uma semente de Níspero no pote onde tambem tinha plantado o abacate.  O abacate não pegou, mas o níspero agarrou e agora é uma arvore linda.  O Juancho afirmou que no ano que vem teremos Níspero!