Image by Flickr user DeusXFlorida Loquat fruit abounds all around the peninsula.
Live a little while in downtown Charleston and you'll find that many of the tree and plants offer everything from a quick snack on a walk to a way to get some fresh and convenient cooking ingredients.
Grapefruits, figs, loquats, rosemary, mushrooms, and more.
The Holy City Sinner recently rediscovered The Lee Brothers' "Charleston Street Ingredients Map" that show geographic locations and notes on how to procure the aforementioned ingredients; check it out here.
For many of the those ingredients, it may take some doing to befriend the owners — however if you're interested in the more common ForML (figs or loquats or mulberries) they're far more abundent and the Lowcountry Loquat Locator offers dozen's of spots in downtown's peninsula; check it out here.
As for telling the difference between the frequently misidentified small orange fruit loquat and kumquat, if it's a waxy-ish skin, that's a kumquat, if it's a fuzy skin with a huge black seed from a huge tree, then it's a loquat.
As a quick rule of thumb, you're far more likely to find a loquat in the Lowcountry.