Biwa / ビワ

Today my wife brought home a package of fresh "Biwa" (ビワ) which I had never seen or heard of before. Wikipedia taught me that in English they're called Japanese Loquats. Any of my readers ever had these before!? They're wonderful! To give you a sense of scale, the dish they're sitting on is smaller than your average teacup saucer, so they're aren't very big. The flavor is somewhat delicate-- sort of like a mixture of persimmon and fresh apricot. The skin peels over very easily and they flesh is extremely juicy with a texture that's similar to a ripe red or black plum. There are three or four large shiny pits inside. These are delicious!! Moar please!

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