|no knife required - you can peel the skin off with your fingers|
Anyway, I brought them up in conversation with Tall Guy. He knew immediately what they were, but not the English name. They're common in (but not native to) Spain, and the season is short (May-ish to June-ish, so now).
"Oh", he said upon hearing my description, "nisperos. We have those on the farm".
"NEE-spair-ohs", I repeated. What a lovely name.
So, what's that in English? A loquat.
And what is a loquat?
A loquat, or Japanese plum, or eriobotrya japonica, is a member of the rose family, related to the apple. They are commonly planted in parks and gardens, as they are evergreen. The fruits, which grow in clusters, have large stones that are poisonous if ingested, and the flesh of the fruit has a mild sedative effect if consumed in large quantities. Hmmm, a midnight snack?