Back to front fruit

Considering that my blog purportedly appears most often in searches for “mangasteen” (a fruit I mentioned in passing on a post on Thailand) I thought I would describe another fruit which we “discovered” recently – this time in Spain – which initially reminded me of managsteens (or more correctly known as mangosteens, which I guess explains the amount of hits I get on this obscure topic).

Appropriately, they are “same same but different” (to use a popular Thai tourist phrase):

Both are small and round…

The starry end of the nispero

and when you cut into the flesh around the circumference, twist and pull apart, you reveal a bulbous interior.


The difference is that, while you eat the white part of the mangasteen (called the endocarp or aril) and discard the purple rind (or exocarp)…

… with the nispero, you remove the large dark seeds or pips (which are said to be slightly poisonous), pull off the thick skin, cut off the little ends, and eat the juicy, acidic orange-coloured flesh.

Eat the flesh of the nispero

Actually, in Australia the nispero is known as a loquat, and originates from China, but I don’t believe I had ever tasted it before buying nisperos in Spain.

Sometimes you have to go half-way around the world to notice something that exists on your very own doorstep.

Now my mouth is watering in memory. I wonder if loquats are in season?


About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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5 Responses to Back to front fruit

  1. A Simple Guy says:

    This is interesting. Now I know how a loquat looks like. =) In Malaysia, we call it the purple fruit as mangosteen. First time I read it is called a Mangasteen. Nice write up.

  2. jeanne says:

    My Aunt had a loquat tree in her garden…I remember eating so many I would get a stomach ache…

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