The folks at Zymarium Meadery (Facebook | Website) want all of your loquats.
We told you HERE in March 2022 that the new concept had purchased the former Orange Studio building at 1121 N. Mills Avenue [GMap] in the Mills 50 District. While they are still hard at work building out the new space, they’re taking a hot minute to ask Orlando residents to bring them any cast-off loquat fruit that they don’t want from their yards.
Loquats are a fruiting evergreen tree (or shrub, depending on who you talk to) that have a very ornamental leaf, which is why they are so widely spread because they’re pretty. Although indigenous to southeastern China, loquats have adapted to the subtropical temperatures of Florida admirably. So much so, that you could easily find at least a handful of trees in every bungalow neighborhood in the city. The fruits have tangy flesh and they’re easy to pick, making them a favorite of urban foragers (especially Bungalower staff).
Zymarium Meadery recently posted on its Facebook page that for every 10 lbs of fruits that are donated, they will give out a bottle of “Endless Loquat” mead for the trouble. Orlandoans can follow the drop-off instructions HERE on the Zymarium website to participate.
Feel free to freeze them until you have 10 lbs on-hand too, though you may be tempted to follow our Loquat Marmalade recipe that we posted back in 2015.