[NAFEX] loquat leaf tea

Ben Kane benkane at microeye.com
Tue Nov 2 00:36:18 EST 2004


Loquat leaves do contain a precursor to cyanide, but in limited quanities
it is not a problem.  Actually it can be helpful.  Cyanide containing herbs
are useful and ancient remedies for sore throat, one of the uses for which
loquat leaf tea is accredited in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Benjamin

> Cyanide is not cumulative.
> 
> Bill
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
> To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 7:37 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] loquat leaf tea
> 
> 
> > I ran across a use for loquat that is new to me... loquat leaf tea.
> > Since loquats can thrive in Seattle, but probably will never produce
> > fruit, tea is one edible use I could get from this tree.  I have one
> > seedling that is entering its second winter outside.  The seed came from
> > South Carolina.  Here is a link to the webpage where I first learned of
> > this tea.
> > http://www.localharvest.org/store/item.jsp?id=48
> >
> > One person says this about the tea... "This tea has a beautiful pink
> > hue, and a subtle sweetness unlike any other herbal tea I've tried. Just
> > boil one whole leaf in about 3 cups of water."  Another person says...
> > "Loquat Leaf Tea has been enjoyed in China and Japan for thousands of
> > years."  For something with such a long track record, you would expect
> > it to be same to consume.  Does anyone see any safety issues with loquat
> > leaf tea?  I am thinking of cyanide related problems.  Would this have a
> > cumulative effect?
> >
> > -Mark Lee, Seattle, zone 8a
> >
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