Those fruit are on a loquat I planted out front four years ago.
Loquats are one of my favorite trees for Florida. Attractive, easy-to-grow, productive and tasty. I recommend it highly as a super-easy fruit in Create Your Own Florida Food Forest.
This tree isn’t an improved variety, just a seedling, so I’m hoping the fruit is of good quality. They almost always are, in fact, but I’ve tasted excellent fruit on certain trees so I know how good loquats can be.
The tree has fruit here and there all across it; however, since it’s about 15′ tall, I can’t cover it all with blankets… and the frost claimed most of the young fruit clusters.
The ones above survived because I put a barrel full of water beneath that branch and covered that whole corner of the tree with blankets to preserve at least some of the fruit so we can decide whether or not to leave the tree alone or graft on different varieties.
Soon they’ll be ripe and our four-year wait for loquats will be at an end!