Sunday, March 10, 2013

Loquat leaf tea...

We have three loquat trees in our property...
All thanks to the previous owners...
They give very good fruits... sweet, plump, and juicy...
All these, with minimum care...
(See here for photos of loquat fruits from our garden)

Last autumn, decided to trim the plants...
And why not put the leaves into good use, I asked myself...
Such as a herbal tea...
So I had some of them hanging out to dry...

And yes, this is the tea from loquat leaves... 
My missus just put a few of the leaves into a clay pot and let the pot sit for several hours on top of our wood stove each evening...
The taste resembles that of Rooibos tea, I'd say... refreshing and nice...

Apparently, the leaves are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and vitamins A and C.

Loquat tea is supposed to be good for gastrointestinal issues like indigestion and diarrhea.
 
There are claims that loquat tea fights against type 2 diabetes as the leaves contain a compound called tormentic acid, which increases insulin production. 

Furthermore, there are also claims that loquat tea has anti-cancer properties...

Throughout the winter, we have been boiling a pot of loquat tea each evening... 

We use about three quarters of it for our hot bath, and I drink the remaining one quarter the next day...

I like the taste of it and best of all, I like the tea that I can source from my own garden...