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Biwa Cha Japanese Loquat Leaves Tea

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  • Strip-cut in Japanese Traditional "Tanzaku-kiri" style for Minimizing Oxidation
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Japanese Biwa (Loquat) leaves

Principal Benefits

  • Healing inflammatory skin conditions
  • Soothing respiratory conditions
  • Boosting general immunity
  • Reducing sugar cravings

Biwa Cha is a mild and pleasant beverage with numerous health benefits, revered by the Japanese for centuries.

Made from premium wild harvested leaves of Japanese loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica.) Easy to prepare and commonly served hot or cold.

Ribbon-shape Strips for Optimal Quality

Our Biwa Cha is prepared from freshly-picked leaves, which are not crushed, but cut in strips in traditional Japanese Tanzaku-kiri (短冊きり) style. See picture in gallery.

Crushed leaves are many times more prone to oxidation along their edges. Tanzaku-kiri ensures that the leaves are as close to their natural form as possible, at the same time minimizing oxygen exposure.

50 grams (1.8 oz) in resealable, moisture-proof bag.

Also available in 150 grams bulk pack

Wild Harvested, All Natural

Dried, processed and packed using traditional Japanese techniques undergoing minimal processing.


Wild harvested in subtropical
highlands of Miyazaki region
of Kyushu island, southern Japan.

Type: Herbal
Region: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
Caffeine: None
Flavor: Earthy, very mild, subtle hint of sweetness
Color: Light reddish brown
Ingredients: 100% Japanese loquat leaves
Net Weight: 50 grams
Product of Japan

How to Brew

The Japanese Senjiru Method

Senjiru is a time-tested Japanese method for brewing herbal teas. It is used to yield the maximum goodness locked deep in the leaves, and to deliver the optimum combination of aroma, flavor and color. You begin with a rapid boil, followed by a simmer and then a cool down period.

The following instructions are for making 4 cups.


Pour a little more than 4 cups of cold water into a tea kettle.*
Add 5 grams of loose tea (about 2 heaping tablespoons.)


Heat to a full, rolling boil.


Turn heat down, and simmer for 15 minutes.


4Turn heat off, and wait for about 10 minutes.


Strain and serve.

More Reading

Scientific studies have shown that various compounds in loquats promote powerful physiological actions such as anti-inflammatory, cough suppressant, getting rid of phlegm and mucus, appetite suppression and insulin regulation. Contains natural high-fiber complex sugars (polysaccharides), which suppress sugar cravings. [See References 1-5]

Also, a number of recent studies have shown that compounds in Loquat can combat type 2 diabetes. According to 2010 study published by PubMed.gov (US National Institute of Health) "The findings provide a nutritional basis for the use of loquat as a functional food factor that may have benefits for the prevention of hyperlipidemia and diabetes." [See Reference 6]

Principal Actions

• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs)
• Antitussive (cough suppressant)
• Expectorant (promoting expulsion of phlegm and mucus)
• Appetite suppressant
• Insulin regulation


1. Biwa Facts - Planet Botanic Canada - planetbotanic.ca 

2. Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Reference: Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews.
Ulbricht, Catherine E., and Ethan M. Basch. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 2005.

3. Color Encyclopedia of Medicinal Herbs. Kazuo Izawa, Shufunotomo-sha,1999

4. All about Biwa leaves treatment. Fumio Kamiya, Ikeda-shoten, 1988

5. Anti-inflammatory activities of tormentic acid from suspension cells of Eriobotrya Japonicaex.
Food Chemistry, Volume 127, Issue 3, 1 August 2011, Pages 1131-1137

6. Eriobotrya japonica improves hyperlipidemia and reverses insulin resistance.
Shih CC, Lin CH, Wu JB. Phytother Res. 2010 Dec;24(12):1769-80. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3143.
PMID: 20564460 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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  1. nice tea

    Posted by veronika n. on 1st Nov 2013

    I heard a lot about this from a friend so I ordered one. I don't have any particular problems, but I like herbal teas in general. This is really nice! Somewhat hard to describe its taste, though I would say it's pretty subtle and a little sweet.

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