Loquat is a tree you can use if for decorating your lawn. It grows almost 25ft (7.5m) tall and 15-20 (4.5-6m) feet wide. It gets a large bunch of fruits that look very attractive between the green leaves and that makes a tree look attractive too.
What is Loquat?
So what exactly is a loquat? Loquats are trees that produce a small peach-like round fruit that is about 2inches long. It tastes sweet or acidic in flavor, the fruit may be yellowish-white, or orange with a yellow color. Loquats are very tasty fruits and if you eat them fresh, you need to peel and eat, you can even freeze them for later use. You can make jellies, jams, pies, cobblers, etc.
The loquat tree is a native to China. It is a power-packed fruit with some traditional medicinal value for thousands of years.
Here are some advantages and health benefits of loquat fruit.
1. Loquat a High Nutrient Fruit
Loquat is a very nutritious fruit, it is low in calories and provides various minerals and vitamins.
So what 149 grams (1 cup) of loquat contains (source)
- Calories: 70
- Carbs: 18 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Provitamin A: 46% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Vitamin B6: 7% of the DV
- Folate (vitamin B9): 5% of the DV
- Magnesium: 5% of the DV
- Potassium: 11% of the DV
- Manganese: 11% of the DV
These fruits are rich in carotenoid antioxidants, and that helps you against cellular damage and may protect against diseases. Carotenoids also protects your health from diseases, immunity functions, and cellular growth as it has vitamin A. (source)
Loquats also helps in improving your blood cell formation and produce energy to your body as it boast folate and vitamin B6. (source)
Loquat also provides magnesium, potassium, which are important for nerve and muscle functions. Where manganese helps in bone health and metabolism. (source)
Loquats also contain some amount of vitamin c, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), copper, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Summary: a low-calorie fruit that provide you with many varieties of nutrients that includes vitamin A, which includes provitamin A, several B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
2. Protect Against Heart Disease
Due to the high concentration of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants loquat may boost heart health.
Particularly potassium and magnesium are important for controlling your blood pressure regulation and proper functioning of your arteries. (source)
They contain Carotenoids, which protects the heart from the various diseases. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory that directly prevent the growth of plaque in your arteries, which is the major cause of heart disease and death. (source)
The research shows that people who consume more carotenoids rich foods substantially lower the risk for heart disease than people eating fewer carotenoids rich foods.
Summary: Loquats protect your heart from various diseases and boosts your heart health too as it has a high compound of potassium, magnesium, carotenoids, and phenolic.
4. Loquat Fruit for Lower Blood Pressure
As we have seen in the above point loquat is rich in potassium, which helps our cardiovascular systems as it expands our blood vessels. That helps in reducing the stress and strain on our blood vessels and arteries.
Potassium also protects your heart and it helps in reducing the blood pressure too. High blood pressure results in vision loss, heart failure, heart strokes are just a few of them.
Some people also believe that potassium is brain blessing food, as potassium increases the amount of blood flow going to the capillaries to the brain, which enhances cognition.
5. Increases Your Immunity
As we all know Vitamin C protects our body from cold and flu. There are lot of foods that contain vitamin c and increases your immune system.
Whereas loquat contains vitamin c but in lesser quantity still can also provide good dose if consume. Vitamin c helps in producing white blood cells where it helps our body fights pathogens.
Collagen making, which helps you to fix and grow tissue in your body, is also essential for vitamin c.
6. Loquat Eyesight Benefits
As we have seen loquat contains vitamin A, and it helps in maintaining your eyesight. Vitamin A acts as a protective layer to cataract and glaucoma.
Vitamin A used to treat dry eyes and superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis. It is recommended to consume vitamin A whenever possible as it helps to reduce the dryness of your cornea, which may cover your eye.
It can also happen you may lose your vision or corneal ulcers. Consume more vitamin to prevent retinal damage.
You can get vitamin A from fruits like carrots and sweet potatoes, Mango, Grapefruit, and Watermelons.
7. May Contains Anti-cancer Characteristics
A test-tube study also shows a great result where the skin extract of loquat fruit completely decreased the growth and spread of human bladder cancer cells. (source)
An additional substance in loquats skin and flesh has carotenoids and phenolic that are known for anti-cancer properties. (source)
However, more research is required on loquat fruit.
Summary: Although it has anticancer properties still more study is required
8. An all-rounder and Delicious
You will mostly find these trees in semitropical regions. However, you can grow it in your backyard or you will get the fruit even at the local farmer.
You will not get or it will be tough to fund the loquat fruit in colder regions. You only have a chance to get them at a special farmers market.
Loquats taste sweet with a slight tinge of citrus and slightly tart. Buy the ripe ones those who are unripe may taste sour. You should look for a bright yellowish-orange color and soft when touched.
Consume in few days when brought.
Dietary combination of loquat fruit.
- Turned it to jam or jelly
- Make cakes or turned into pies too
- Stewed with maple syrup and cinnamon as a sweet topping for oatmeal
- Mixed in a fruit salad
- Make salsa combination with pepper, tomatoes, and herbs
- Make cocktails or mocktails
- Eat it with cheese or with nuts as a snack
Summary: loquat has many health benefits as we have seen. Loquat fruit is sweet and slightly tart in taste. You can eat in combination with dietary items. Better to consume in a few days do not preserve it for a longer duration.
9. Fruit That Helps You To Lose Weight
Many of us want to lose some weight. But some may have digestive issues and it may not be easy to digest food. Loquat fruit helps in digesting food.
Loquat contains Pectin and it has dietary fibre which is great for digestive aid.
If you are facing problems like constipation, diarrhea, or any stomach issues try consuming dietary fiber. It may help your body with the inflammation and improve your gut health. However, fiber helps us keeping full for a longer period, which in turn helps us control our weight complimenting to eating less.
Loquat is sweet, tart, and delicious fruit with lots of health benefits.
Low in calories but carries a lot of vitamin minerals, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Keeps your heart strong protected from various heart diseases also safeguard cancer, reduces blood pressure, helps in losing weight, improve eyesight.
You will get a lot of loquat products made from loquat fruit like loquat tea, syrup, candies, jam, jellies, and seeding too.