What Is This Mystery Fruit?

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Q: I live in Egypt and in the markets I see a small, apricot-colored, pear-shaped fruit with a cluster of dark, almond-sized seeds. The fruit is very juicy and sweet/tart, almost citrus-y in flavor. I love this fruit but only have the Arabic name for it — bashmalla. Can anyone tell me the English name?

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Editor: Emelia, this looks like a loquat! Read more about loquats here.

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