Nispero!

What is it?  It’s  a LOQUAT – and here are hundreds of them around at the moment – like figs in Autumn they grow like weeds here in Andalucía. 

BIBASSIER in France, WOLMISSPEL in Germany, NISPERO here in Spain. In England? The delightfully named MEDLAR.  Indigenous to Central China, I had my first taste for breakfast this morning, Pedro next door bought them at the monthly market mistaking them for Apricots – an easy mistake, they look for all world like an Apricot, but are quite different inside.

Lots of shiny jewel like seeds, a tough often blemished skin and a soft fruit that’s packed with pectin, so jelly and jam, crumbles, ice cream, chutney, put them in Moroccan dishes with Lamb and Chicken, with curries, or just eat them as they are!

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