[NAFEX] loquat leaf tea

Bill Russell shaman at pennswoods.net
Tue Nov 2 01:19:30 EST 2004

Cyanide is not cumulative.


----- 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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