Photo of Mystery Fruit

As requested, here’s a photo of the Portuguese fruit that we can’t find an English name for:

Mysterious Portuguese Fruit


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Katie on May 17, 2006 - 21:24 Permalink

Is it a cashew apple?? Just a guess on my part.

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oliver on May 17, 2006 - 23:07 Permalink

Looks like a loquat, such as line the sidewalks in California.

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Ann on May 18, 2006 - 12:58 Permalink

How does it taste?

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Valerie on May 18, 2006 - 13:19 Permalink

Looks a little like a persimmon to me, but I am heavily outvoted by the loquat advocates.

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oliver on May 18, 2006 - 17:34 Permalink

Like a loquat, obviously, and not the slightest bit like a persimmon.

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oliver on May 18, 2006 - 17:35 Permalink

i.e. “Tastes like a loquat, obviously…”

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oliver on May 19, 2006 - 22:50 Permalink

Actually I just noticed I have a loquat tree poking a couple fruit laden branches over a fence into our backyard from the neighbors. I guess this is the first season I’ve been able to see it, since I did some clearing. You and Catherine and wee Oliver will have to stop by, Peter, and pick a few!

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marian on May 20, 2006 - 18:45 Permalink

The Portuguese word for loquat is nespera. Ask the vendor if the fruit you’re buying is called a nespera.

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sally on October 30, 2007 - 19:11 Permalink

Does anyone know what the fruit (arasies) is called in english? (I’m probabbly misspeling it). It’s a small delicious fruit that comes in different colors.

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Nicole on November 14, 2007 - 00:00 Permalink

Does anyone know if these fruit trees will grow in the United states? I got a hold of some of the fruit and planted about 10 pits… and now they are becoming trees and I don’t know what to do! (I’m asking about the N

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Patrice Scott on August 8, 2008 - 02:32 Permalink

It’s a loquat

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oliver on August 8, 2008 - 05:37 Permalink

Nicole, yes I see them growing all over in California.

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Simao on March 5, 2009 - 09:36 Permalink


Could anyone help me with the tree called “arassaleiro”.It produces a fruit called arassa which I ate as a kid in the old country,Portugal.I have looked everywhere and cannot find it or a translation for it.Thank You

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Paulo on March 24, 2009 - 03:14 Permalink

Nespera was known in Sao Paulo mostly as Ameixa Amarela. It is the loquat (chinese).

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Troy Schrock on April 4, 2009 - 23:57 Permalink

The tree, in America, is known as a “Loquat Oliver”. To me the fruit taste like a kiwi.

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steve on April 5, 2009 - 16:25 Permalink

nicole. they grow here in arizona and they grow very large.

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steve on April 5, 2009 - 16:26 Permalink

nicole. they grow here in arizona and they are very large.

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Tanya on August 4, 2010 - 16:26 Permalink

We have this tree in front of our house…and I was told it’s “Arassa”.
They look like miniature limes…but then turn pink/red and taste like a combination of a pear and a lime — to me anyway.

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Pam on March 16, 2012 - 19:05 Permalink

There is a loquat tree (on a vacant lot) with tons of fruit nearly ripe in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  It has some yellow fruit up high, but the school children have picked all of the lower ones. I have picked up quite a few seeds to try and start a few of my own. This is March 16, 2012.