Loquat, ( lat. Eriobotrya japonica), also known as Japanese medlar, a subtropical evergreen tree of the rose family. The loquat is native to central-eastern China where it was prized for its sweet, citrus-like fruit and was used in herbal medicine. It was introduced to Japan more than 1,000 years ago, where it was developed horticulturally and is still highly valued. Some superior Japanese varieties reached Europe, the Mediterranean, and a few other regions. Ornamental in appearance, it is frequently planted in parks and gardens. The fruits are high in fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants and are commonly eaten fresh. You can make tea out of tree leaves and jam out of fruits.
The volunteers at La Buona Terra farm decided to make a tea out of loquat leaves, try it yourself and let us know if you liked it!