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Loquats for Your Health

August 15, 2011

I’m 14, and, about eight years ago, my parents planted this strange-looking tree that we thought was just an ornamental tree until a year or two later. It was very tall, and we started getting little fruits on the tree.

We looked the loquat up and saw that it was a fruit tree, so we ate it, just for the fun of it. I began planting the seeds and now have more than 50 trees in gallon containers. I wanted to know more about it this year, so I researched it. I knew so much about it my mom told me to write a research paper on the tree. Here is the sample of my paper.


Luscious, sweet, tangy, and magnificently delicious, loquat fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The exclusive fruit, sometimes called the Japanese Plum, Japanese Medlar, or Maltese Plum, originates in the mountainous evergreen rain forest of Japan, from which the loquat tree has been spread all across the world.

The loquat tree is an evergreen that reaches up to 25 feet and belongs to the family of Rosacea. It is botanically named Eriobotrya Japonica and is closely related to the apple tree. The flowers bloom by the end of winter and the fruit is ready to harvest by the end of spring. The delicious fruits are in clusters from 5 to 20 pieces and are about 1.5 inches long. The skin is fuzzy on the outside and is edible. There are also 1 to 5 brown seeds in the center of the fruit. The leaves are used as traditional medicine and make excellent and very healthy tea. The fruit is eaten right from the tree or used to make jellies, pies, or sauces.

The loquat fruit and leaves are extremely nutritious. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B12, B17, and C. These fruits are full of pectin, rich in fiber, potassium, amygdalin, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals.

The loquat fruit greatly enhances digestive health and heart health. The high pectin content reduces cholesterol by reducing the reuse of food in the colon. The fruit works as a bulk laxative and protects the mucous membrane by decreasing exposure to toxic substances as well as binding cancer causing chemicals in the colon. Because of the reduction of blood cholesterol, the heart’s health is dramatically increased. Loquats also regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

B-17 laetrile, often called the anti-cancer vitamin, is found in large amounts in the fruit and the leaves of the loquats. Some people swallow the pits of the fruit (2 a day) to prevent or slow down cancer. The pits contain 1300 times more B-17 laetrile than the leaf, but there are small traces of cyanide, which, taken in large amounts, is poisonous. Apples also contain cyanide in their seeds, which continue to be sold in the apple juices in which the seeds are crushed.

Teas made from the leaves of the loquat tree are known to reduce inflammation, form red blood cells, release anti-oxidants that neutralize harmful toxins, increase immunity, and prevent various diseases. The leaf tea also enhances the respiratory system in that it works as an expectorant, dissolving phlegm and assisting coughing.

This tea also fights a variety of viruses and colds, and lessens symptoms including nausea and vomiting. The leaf tea supports liver and pancreas health as well as combating diabetes. There is also evidence that it fights HIV.

Life expectancy and youthfulness are increased in all who eat this great tasting fruit and drink the tea. The large quantities of anti-oxidants and vitamins per fruit cannot be found in any other fruit available to man.  Everyone should take part in making tea, pies, jams, jellies, or just eating the raw fruit right off the tree for optimum health.

This is one of the only fruit trees that does well on our land with no maintenance. The tree is very resilient. I’ve started around 60 trees from seed and hope by next year they will be large enough to sell. My parents paid $50 for a 5-gallon tree and now a 5-gallon tree is about $60.

For more information, or to buy some leaves, please e-mail [email protected]


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5 comments on “Loquats for Your Health”

  1. Thanks for this great info. It's great to see unusual plants and food in your articles. I love this fruit and have only seen it in Florida here in US. How hardy are the trees? We live in NY. We used to eat these when I was a child growing up in Georgia of the former Soviet Union. So nice to know how good it is for you.

  2. Very great article. Very informative and interesting. However I did notice an error that I thought I would point out. You wrote "The high pectin content reduces cholesterol by reducing the reuse of food in the colon." But I believe it should say "The high pectin content reduces cholesterol by reducing the recycling of bile in the colon." Pectin, and other soluble fibers, bind bile in the colon and carry it out of the body. Otherwise, bile is re-absorbed at the terminal ileum and carried back to the liver. Hope that helps. Have a great day!

  3. Very well written article its informative and educational. I recently learned about the loquat tree because we found one growing in our backyard. The fruit is very tasty and make a good addition to many desserts including fruit salad. I harvested quite a few of the tree leaves and let them dry to make a tea from them. After they were dry I used my coffee grinder to crush the leaves and my coffee pot to brew the tea. I must say its an intriging flavor kinda robust and harty. I think it would make a great iced tea for the summer. I have cancer myself, and my pancreas isnt working properly so I will try the tea to see if it helps the cancer resolve. As for the fruits we quickly learned the birds love them too. After the third week of harvesting there was none left. The birds had devoured the rest. Well thanks for your report and all the helpful information. It will be interesting to see the other responses too.

  4. very good article. However there is on piece of misinformation. the cyanide in loquats,apples and apricotes(and other fruit) IS NOT harmful to human beings it in fact can only be made poisonous by contact with cancer cells in which case it Kills the cancer. So if you have cancer ate loquats and apricotes.

  5. Thanks for this article! I am a missionary in Asia and right now this fruit is in season, but very expensive. You get about three pieces for a USD! SO worth eating every once in a while. I just finished some given to me a couple days ago. Next time I'll eat a couple seeds too.