Loquat is a flowering evergreen shrub/small tree with deep green leaves that flowers in the winter and bears golden-yellow fruit in large, loose clusters. The flowers are said to have a strong, sweet and fragrant smell that can carry over short distances. Loquat is an oriental fruit that belongs to the Rose and Apple family of plants. It is found from India and Pakistan all the way east to Japan.
The fruit is high in vitamins, as well as fiber and potassium. It is an excellent natural source of sugars, and the fruit is high in pectin making it great for jellies and jams.