What exactly is a loquat? While cultured fruit lovers know it very well, many shoppers used to perusing the larger chains won’t often find it available, and even if they did, may not be willing to give it a shot due to unfamiliarity. However, anyone looking for a diabolically delicious ingredient to throw into a fruit salad would be benefited greatly by just giving it a shot. A distant relative of the apple, the loquat is a tree fruit similar in sugar and pectin content, but with a slightly higher acidity. The tree itself thrives in a sub-tropic, mild climate, and is used primarily as an ornamental tree. Right now, Japan is the chief exporter of loquats, followed by Israel and Brazil.