Friday, July 1, 2011

The Shesek - Post From the Hills of Jerusalem

(Excerpt from a post on From the Hills of Jerusalem blog. To see the original post click here.)

I've always said my Jerusalem neighborhood is colorful - full of rich mizrachi tradition and wonderful neighbors.  This afternoon as i came home, one of my neighbors called me over and presented me with a sakit (bag) of shesek (loquat) from his tree.  As i thanked him i realized the tree in my own yard was brimming with ripe and unpicked fruit. It got me thinking about the fruit of this Land.

The Shesek tree bears it's fruit in late spring and the little oval orange shesekim are sweet and juicy and a favorite amongst Israelis. (both people and birds !! ).  Shesek trees are all over Israel, in yards and home gardens and have deep green large broad leaves that protect the clusters of fruit. When you pick the shesek you have to clip the stem above, otherwise the inner fruit is already exposed ready to peel the skin (if you wish) or eat !! Inside are 3 shiny large seeds..(which..of no importance - float ! when dropped in water)

Here are a few shesek recipes from Liz Steinberg from her Tel Aviv based food blog Cafe Liz . Note: Even though some shesek can be slightly tart (depending on the variety), they can usually be substituted for apricot or peach in recipes.

Liz's recipes include among others:
Loquat Peach Waffles
Creamy fruit dessert with loquat and strawberries
Savory roasted loquat and plum

Apparently I am not alone in thinking the sheshek such a pretty fruit. Here is a rather fun Flicker Photo link I discovered, celebrating the shesek !  Enjoy !


  1. Hi, I am wondering when figs come in season, and how long their seasons lasts. Thanks!

  2. Hi Naphtali. The summer fig season should be underway right now, though I haven't really seen any in the markets yet. Hopefully they will be showing soon. Usually the harvest lasts about 3 months. Then there is a later season starting in October, again lasting about 3 mos. Thanks for you interest!