When we first arrived in Maro and saw the trees at the edge of the campo and in village gardens, laden with a small, pale orange fruit with a slight bloom, I presumed that they were apricots. But at this time of year , it is all about the Nispero (or Loquat).

`Tis the season.

It is an evergreen tree, it bears lots of fruit in clusters , and it has a flavour that is reminiscent of mango, peach and citrus. It has a high pectin level, so it is ideal for jams, jellies and chutney.

Today our friend Anamari very kindly gave us a jar of sweet jam made by her husband Vicente’s mother, (it`s always a family affair in Spain!). Perfect for our breakfast in the sun, with fresh Barra de Gallega bread bought from Luz in the village shop. Delicious!

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