Nespole – Loquat Blossoms in Calabria

While walking with the pooches yesterday morning, I came face to bark with a tree that had seemingly blossomed overnight. I certainly didn’t remember it so full of life the day before. Where was I looking?

I don’t know about the day before, but now I see a truly gorgeous tree with lovely thick, strong, furry leaves and sweet-smelling, bellissimi blossoms:

blossoming in Calabria, southern ItalyAnyone know or care to guess what kind of tree bears such blossoms?I *know* some of you know.

blossoming in Calabria, southern Italy
30 days of thanks

Today I’m thankful for:

Citrus season! It’s starting now and by Christmas, we’ll be inundated with lemons, oranges, and clementines. And I love me some clementines.

Isn’t Mother Nature wonderful that she gives us these sweet, juicy, bursting-with-color treats smack dab in the dead of winter?


31 Beans of Wisdom to “Nespole – Loquat Blossoms in Calabria”
  1. Something...

    Would it be a ‘Nespolo’?
    We have one on our terrace at Positano but it seems too early in the season for blooms yet.

  2. something...

    Sorry! I just asked my husband who was in Positano in mid-October. He said the buds were just begining to open then! Just shows you how much I know about the seasons in Italy.

  3. Anonymous

    i think they are nespole too! My MIL has lots of those trees. They are my husband’s favourite fruit. When the fruit are in season (early summer) you can find him standing under the trees eating his heart out. It was also a deciding factor buying or house in NZ; that there was a nespole tree in the garden full of fruit! Vanessa
    PS happy thanksgiving for yesterday

  4. My Melange

    Um, I would have guessed dogwood, which I am sure don’t exist in you can’t count on my for horticulture advice πŸ™ They are very pretty though. On another note..again I am with you on those juicy clementines! Love ’em, just love ’em!!!!

  5. sognatrice

    *Something, Vanessa, ding ding ding! As far as I know this is indeed a nespole tree. Guess I’ll know for sure when the fruit comes πŸ™‚

    *Something, we definitely didn’t have buds in October. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention πŸ˜‰

    *Vanessa, OK when a tree is a deciding factor in a housing decision I’d say there’s a fruit obsession involved. Thanks for the Turkey Day wishes πŸ™‚

    *Robin, I love dogwood, but no I’ve never seen it here πŸ™ Just after I posted this, my neighbor brought me some clementines! Yeah!

  6. Jen of A2eatwrite

    Oh, thanks for this breath of fresh air! It’s frigid here in Michigan today, although beautiful. Citrus sounds lovely.

  7. Greg

    The inhabitants of climates that produce citrus fruits during the months known elsewhere as winter are forbidden to use the phrase “the dead of winter!” πŸ™‚

  8. sognatrice

    *Jen, you’re welcome!

    *Greg, you do have a point, but it gets cold here too. OK, not usually below freezing, but for those of us who suffers through 120 degree days in the summer really deserve some mild winters, no?

  9. Taffiny

    That is genius. I just assumed the orange in the Christmas stocking, in the past, was because it was such a luxury item, I didn’t realize it was also that winter is the citrus season.

    I have no idea of what tree they are from, but they look like they would be marvelous to touch, silky petals, fuzzy furry areas, and those green leaves.

  10. Taffiny

    just read comments, I have never heard of nespole trees, but as they have fruit, I am sure I am a fan.

    What sort of fruit? Most like a …..

    A post Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  11. Megan in Liguria

    Happy Turkey Day a day late! Can’t wait to try your pumpkin muffins…yum!

  12. Anonymous

    ah sognatrice, you underestimate the power of sicilian good luck. Have a tree at home = my favourite tree = must be good luck/ a sign for the new house half way around the world! IN fact, we are going home at xmas so my husband can eat those nespole! He is sick of looking at the winter blossoms….

    We also looked at selling that house and buying another one, and yes, you guessed it, that was also a ‘good’ house due to the nespole tree in the garden….

    Taffiny I think the english name is loquat. They look like apricots. Have a tough skin that you must peel off before eating, and inside there are 3 large stones/ pips . The flesh tastes very ho hum IMO, quite bland.


  13. sognatrice

    *Taffiny, oh yes; my former employer used to go to Florida for the winter and always send us a crate of oranges and grapefruits for the office…definitely citrus season!

    As Vanessa says, these are “loquats” in English and you can read more here. Notice the resemblance in my leaves and blossoms!

    Soon I’ll get some photos of the fruit, assuming this tree bears some.

    *Megan, thanks, and I hope you enjoy the muffins!

    *Vanessa, thanks for the nespole description (I agree with your assessment); and ah yes I had discounted the superstition factor. How could I?!

  14. Kristen

    Oh my gosh… I am dying to know what kind of tree makes those blossoms. Beautiful!

  15. sognatrice

    Kristen, check out this link πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Shameless

    Pooches and face to bark. Lovely! πŸ™‚

  17. sognatrice

    Hi Shameless, glad you liked that πŸ™‚

  18. Deb R

    Those blossoms are beautiful and they look like they’d smell so good!

  19. sognatrice

    Deb, to be honest, the smell is why I had to snap off a blossom and bring it home πŸ™‚

  20. african vanielje

    Sognatrice, I’ve never heard of Nespole but we grew up with a loquat tree in our garden. It sat just at the side of the house where we had a little suntrap lawn that collected late afternoon rays. We’d often do our homework out there (or strew our homework books on the grass while we practised our handstands) while our golden labbie sat on her chubby bottom, with her head in the tree. We soon realised that the snuffling noises where her, eating the loquats off the tree. She would just slurp them up and then spit out the skin. SHe also used to wander down the rows of vines picking off fresh hanepoot table grapes at whim.

  21. Frances

    Oh what a pretty picture.
    I’d love to put this on the group blog along with a pic of your lovely feast.
    Drop me a line and let me know if it’s okay.
    I love clementines too.
    Much bloglove,

  22. Kelly Malloy

    Those flowers are so beautiful!

  23. Jeni

    Cool! THe only thing “blossoming” here in central PA is my behind I think from over-eating yesterday! LOL Too much good food for sure!

  24. Wanderlust Scarlett

    You had me guessing!

    And you had me wondering… blossoms? In the dead of winter? It snowed here again today; just a dusting, really, but I know we’re on the same latitude and I don’t see any blossoms out of my window!

    What are you growing over there young lady?


    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  25. Wanderlust Scarlett

    PS~ Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

    Scarlett & V.

  26. sognatrice

    *AV, what a lovely memory and what a crafty, fruit-loving dog!

    Nespole (NESS-powl-ay) is just the Italian word for them, which is probably why you haven’t heard it πŸ™‚

    *Frances, I’ve sent you a message πŸ™‚

    *Kelly, thanks–I can take *no* credit for them πŸ˜‰ Thanks for commenting!

    *Jeni, hah! I remember those Fridays after Thanksgiving well. That’s part of the reason all that shopping is needed, IMHO…work it off!

    *Scarlett, oh I’d love just a glimpse of snow. Here it’s been rather cloudy and threatening to rain but still quite warm–OUTSIDE the house. Inside the stone and tile creature that I love so much in the summer, well the fire is necessary even when it gets into the 60s during the day. Insulation is not their strong suit πŸ˜‰

    I’ll definitely take some photos of the nespole when they’re out; can’t be long now πŸ™‚

  27. Anonymous

    hi, I’m another South African girl, yes those are definitely “loquats”. They were my craving when i was expecting my first baby – 27 years ago. I love the ones with smal pips. I also love your blog.

  28. erin

    Yay! clementines…we LOVE those too and have been eating at least a good handful each day

  29. sognatrice

    *Charmaine (I’m assuming that’s your name from your email address), welcome, and thanks for sharing your loquat love! Hope to see you around more often πŸ™‚

    *Erin, I’m going to have a couple *right* now πŸ˜‰

  30. myfrenchkitchen

    Clementines…I have already indulged in so many and still got room for the rest of winter!
    To me this beautiful photo of yours also looks like a loquat(in South Africa called lukwart) fruit tree, in Italy it seems to be called Nespolo. A delicious fruit, not so easy to eat perhaps, but tasty nonetheless.

  31. sognatrice

    *Ronell, yes, the loquat it is! I can’t wait until the fruit comes so I can take some photos of those πŸ™‚



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