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Japanese medlar

Also known as a 'loquat' or 'Maltese plum'. Nespole are a relatively recent imported fruit, but quite popular. Sicily grows a lot of them.

The native, Mediterranean medlar gives a similar fruit called an azzeruolo. These come in September, and they're rather bitter when picked.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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