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Loquat


It is a sub-tropical tree of the rose family (Rosaceae) related to the apple. Ornamental in appearance and rarely more than 33 ft in height, the evergreen loquat is frequently planted in parks and gardens. The leaves, clustered toward the ends of branches are thick and stiff, elliptic to lanceolate, from 8 to 10 inches in length with closely serrate margins. The fruits are borne in large, loose clusters, individually. They are round, or pear-shaped, 1 to 3 inches in length with a tough yellow to bronze, plum-like skin enclosing juicy, whitish to orange coloured flesh surrounding 3 to 4 large seeds. The flavour is agreeably tart. In Japan it was much developed horticulturally and is still highly valued.

Benefit and uses of Loquat.

  • An infusion of the leaves, or the dried, powdered leaves, may be taken to relieve diarrhea and depression and to counteract intoxication from consumption of alcoholic beverages. Leaf poultices are applied on swellings.
  • The loquat is one of the most popular cough remedies in the Far East, it is the ingredient of many patent medicines. The leaves are analgesic, antibacterial, antiemetic, antitussive, antiviral, astringent, diuretic and expectorant.
  • Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium, High in Vitamin A, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.


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