Loquats are small and round fruits, about 3 cm wide and 3-5 long, which grow in bunches of 5-20. Look similar to the apples in taste with a pleasant aroma and a soft, juicy and no crunchy texture. Each fruit contains 3 to 5 large inedible seeds in the centre.
They are very nutritious, rich in fibre and low in calories, only 50 kcal per 100g, so are the ideal component for slimming diets. They are particularly rich in flavonoids and antioxidants provitamin a, but also have significant amounts of vitamin b6, folic acid and potassium.
The fibre act as a natural laxative, helping to regulate intestinal transit, avoiding the absorption of cholesterol and protecting the mucosa of the colon. It also gives feeling of satiety, so it helps you lose weight.
Vitamin a is very important to maintain the integrity of the mucous membranes and skin, as well as having anti-tumour properties, enhance the immune system and protect eyesight. Furthermore, vitamin c, manganese and antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress, preventing cellular aging, inflammation of the tissues and prevents many degenerative diseases.
They are very easy fruit to add to your diet: raw, combined with cheese or nuts, in salads, baked cakes and pies, sauce, jams, jellies, smoothies …