This traditional tea has a mild, earthy taste with a subtle hint of sweetness.
Japanese use loquat leaves as a traditional cure for treating coughs, beautifying skin, reducing inflammatory conditions, and relieving symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema.)
Loquat leaves also contain compounds demonstrated to lower blood's lipid and sugar levels.
❤ Reduce skin irritations, redness, and swelling
❤ Soothe coughs and boost respiratory health
❤ Decrease blood sugar and combat diabetes
❤ Lower cholesterol and improve heart health
Easy to prepare. Serve hot, cold or over ice
Wild-Harvested • All-Natural
Region: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
Flavor: Mild and earthy with subtle hint of sweetness
Color: Light reddish brown
Ingredients: 100% Japanese loquat leaves (Eriobotrya japonica)
Net Weight: 50 grams
Product of Japan
Biwa, also known as loquat or Japanese medlar, is an evergreen tree native to southern Japan which commonly grows to a height of about 5 meters.
The flowers are sweetly fragrant. It produces juicy tangerine-color fruits with delicate flesh and pleasantly tart taste. Its long leaves (15-25 cm) are shiny on top with tiny hairs on their undersides.
Biwa leaves are listed for their beneficial properties in the Pharmacopoeia of Japan (Nippon Yakkyoku-hō), the official record of approved herbal remedies published by the Japanese government since 1886.
How to Brew Biwa Cha
Quick Brew Method
The following instructions are for making 4 cups (800 ml total.)
- Add 5 grams (2 heaping tablespoons) of biwa leaves to a pot.
- Add 4 cups of near-boiling water.
- Brew for about 3 minutes.
- Strain and serve hot, cold or over ice.
Senjiru Brew Method
Senjiru is a traditional Japanese technique for yielding a deeper infusion.
- Pour a little more than 4 cups of cold water into a pot.
- Add 2 heaping tablespoons of biwa leaves.
- Heat to a full, rolling boil.
- Turn heat down and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Turn heat off and wait for 10 minutes.
- Strain and serve.
- Japanese Pharmacopoeia -- 17th Edition. Japan Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency
- Anti-inflammatory and Antitumor-Promoting Effects of the Triterpene Acids from the Leaves of Eriobotrya japonica -- Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 2005 Oct;28(10):1995-9.
- Antitumor activity of compounds isolated from leaves of Eriobotrya japonica -- Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2002 Apr 10;50(8):2400-3.
- Studies on constituents of triterpene acids from Eriobotrya japonica and their anti-inflammatory and antitussive effects -- Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences 38(10):752-757, Oct 2003
- The antitussive, expectorant and anti-asthmatic activities of triterpene acids of loquat leaves in mice and guinea-pigs -- Acta Universitatis Medicinalis Anhui, 2006
- Hypoglycemic effects of sesquiterpene glycosides and polyhydroxylated triterpenoids of Eriobotrya japonica -- Planta Medica 1991, 57(5):414-416
- Tormentic Acid, a Major Component of Suspension Cells of Eriobotrya japonica, Suppresses High-Fat Diet-Induced Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia -- Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2014, 62 (44), pp 10717–10726
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.