This is the loquat tree in our front garden. The fruit is known as 'mespila' here in Cyprus, so that's what we tend to call them too. They're about the size of plums when they're ripe, and the colour of apricots. The taste is a little like a combination of the two although there are three or four largish stones in each fruit.
Usually they are ripe by this time of year, or nearly so; however they're only just starting to turn orange so it'll probably be another couple of weeks at least before we can eat them raw. There's a good crop,anyway, assuming we get to them before the birds do. I'll probably make some jam with the earlier fruit, which tends to be a little tart when raw. I might freeze some too for future desserts, but we don't have a whole lot of freezer space.