The loquat tree is most commonly harvested for its sweet orange fruit. But the loquat leaves, while less flavorful, may also be used. Commonly prepared in a tea, the leaves are thought by some to alleviate a number of maladies, from diarrhea to depression. The leaves are usually sold dried and chopped. If you have the fresh leaves on hand, you can easily chop and prepare them yourself.
Things You'll Need
- Cutting board
- Paper towel
- Chopping knife
Scrape the fur off of the back of the loquat leaves with the blade of a large chopping knife. The fur can irritate your throat. Getting most of it off is sufficient.
Rinse the leaves under cool, running water.
Pat the leaves dry with a paper towel.
Spread the leaves out over a cutting board. Chop the leaves by rocking the blade of a chopping knife back and forth over them.
- "Fruits of Warm Climates"; Julia F. Morton; 1987
- University of Florida IFAS Extension; Loquat Growing in the Florida Home Landscape; Jonathan H. Crane, et al.; January 1980
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