Fun Fact: Did you know that the Loquat is considered Bermuda’s national icon and a communal resource for its citizens?
The fruit thrives in the wild all over the country, leading to a bountiful harvest for Bermudans young and old, throughout the year.
But, who is responsible for the Loquat love affair, considering it is not native to Bermuda?
1839 Governor William Reid had several achievements during his term, including founding a library, building a lighthouse, and sending a packet of Loquat seeds from Malta to Bermuda, where he was posted at the time. 🌱
High in nutritional value, the Loquat originates from China and is used medicinally there, most notably for soothing the throat in cough drops.
The beloved Loquat is so versatile that it can be put to an abundance of good uses, transforming into jellies, jams, chutneys, desserts, including ice cream, and even liqueurs.
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