The fruit name Loquat is derived from the Cantonese term Lo-Guat.
It’s Mandarin name is Pi-pa (枇杷) and since I was a child I’ve always known it as the “bad stomach fruit” as all cousins and I were given Loquat Paste or Pipa Gao when we had stomach upset.
Well, we now have a 3 year old Loquat tree growing and I am still patiently waiting for some real yellow fruit to appear. This fruit has been grown in China for eons but I have never researched its medicinal value. I know it is excellent served as dessert ~ skinned, chilled and laced with Grand Marnier.
About a year ago, while surfing the internet on a separate subject, hubby found out that it’s leaves had skin-healing properties. So when eczema hits, he takes his prepared Loquat Leaf concoction … seems to work, though I’m not sure if it’s for real or just a placebo effect.
It’s been a long wait and with lots of care rendered … I am really hoping to see some bloom and nice ripe 枇杷 this Fall!! *sigh* (I won’t say that I hate Loquat Paste again, I promise.)
Disclaimer: Our use of Loquat Leaves is our personal choice. I am only sharing this information here from experience and not as a medical expert. You should do your own research and dabble with its healing properties carefully and at you own risk.