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02-20-2013, 03:26 AM   #6361
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Decided to do a little research. Although they might be similar in appearance, size, and maybe taste, loquats and kumquats are not related. The latter is a citrus fruit closely related to oranges and sometimes placed in the same genus (Citrus). Loquats on the other hand belong in the rose family, and the taste varies quite a bit depending on the cultivar, from sweet to puckery acidic.
Google suyggests that the names may have the same origins but other than that, very different. I don't like Kumquats-they're nasty but loquats mmmm. As orchidJulie said, quite delicious.

"Loquats are an Asian fruit, grown in many tropical areas. I have a loquat tree in the back yard, actually. Fruit can be quite delicious. Thin skin, a few largish seeds, flesh texture similar to an apricot but the flavor is different. Very popular (as that image shows) with the birds. I have a big flock of Amazon parrots that show up every day for loquats, when they're in season (like now)."

OK OrchidJulie, lets see them parrots, or them Loquats. Us southern hemisphere folk have some educatin to do here
And about the tropical areas- Port Elizabeth (where I was born and grew up) is hardly tropical but it does very well there.
While we wait for OrchidJulie.


02-20-2013, 03:29 AM   #6362
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There's enough X's in that shot to carry this thread for several weeks !
Ok, all, X has been dropped from the alphabet. Now to find another forum where I can post all my other spare X's Oops, I see it only gonna last a few weeks at the rate that this thread runs. Yaay!
02-20-2013, 03:45 AM   #6363
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Google suyggests that the names may have the same origins but other than that, very different. I don't like Kumquats-they're nasty but loquats mmmm. As orchidJulie said, quite delicious.

"Loquats are an Asian fruit, grown in many tropical areas. I have a loquat tree in the back yard, actually. Fruit can be quite delicious. Thin skin, a few largish seeds, flesh texture similar to an apricot but the flavor is different. Very popular (as that image shows) with the birds. I have a big flock of Amazon parrots that show up every day for loquats, when they're in season (like now)."

OK OrchidJulie, lets see them parrots, or them Loquats. Us southern hemisphere folk have some educatin to do here
And about the tropical areas- Port Elizabeth (where I was born and grew up) is hardly tropical but it does very well there.
While we wait for OrchidJulie.
Challenge accepted... I will try to shoot some of the fruit this weekend (the ones on my tree don't look like the fruit in your posts -- not quite so spherical, and the leaves look different, but it could be a cultivar issue). The trees are somewhat cold-hardy, they can handle light frost.

The birds, on the other hand, tend to visit before I get home from work, so I may not be able to get any images of them. Alas. Very pretty green Amazon parrots.

And correct, they are not related to kumquats. You might be able to find some canned in an Asian market, I don't think they travel well. When I was a kid, there were several commercial groves of loquats nearby.

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D is for DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT.
Wonder why loquats don't travel well. Raspberries are fragile after picking, but we get them here in Mass in winter in large quantities, from Chile, I suspect because of irradiation.

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Wow, Fab shot WPRESTO. Just love that eye!
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrchidJulie Quote
Challenge accepted... I will try to shoot some of the fruit this weekend (the ones on my tree don't look like the fruit in your posts -- not quite so spherical, and the leaves look different, but it could be a cultivar issue). The trees are somewhat cold-hardy, they can handle light frost.

The birds, on the other hand, tend to visit before I get home from work, so I may not be able to get any images of them. Alas. Very pretty green Amazon parrots.

And correct, they are not related to kumquats. You might be able to find some canned in an Asian market, I don't think they travel well. When I was a kid, there were several commercial groves of loquats nearby.
They are not normally spherical. These ones were shot in Johannesburg, high altitude and very cold. That may be why they are spherical here. Have seen them only a few times in Johannesburg. Maybe I should plant a tree in the yard??
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H is for HUMMER. This is a huge enlargement/crop, so the IQ is marginal to unacceptable, but this little guy is so startling.

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In contrast to this tropical fruit discussion, I have lots of shots of this non tropical subject... I is for Ice:
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Ice has its places - - the freezer and "on the rocks" - - but that's a nice shot jmschrei.
J is for JUVENILE GANNET.

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L is for LUZON BLEEDING-HEART DOVE. Really looks as if he'd been shot.

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