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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Persimmon Tree Leaves Beneficial in Tea

I am always surprised and so thankful for the way our Higher Power works around us. I mean seriously, seek and ye shall find is a literal suggestion. Just look at how many beneficial natural remedies and preventative herbal medicines are all around us. I just love going out picking and then coming back in to experiment with different flavors, especially flowers.

The persimmon tree leaves have received a lot of scientific attention lately. The persimmon leaf is noted for its use in China, Japan and Korea, for centuries and centuries, thousands of years, to brew a body beneficial tea.
According to multiple sources the Chinese Academy of the Sciences found that this particular tea contains a large variety of Vitamin C, tannins, flavonoids, rutin, choline carotenoids, amino acids. In addition, the tea were found to contain 10 elements: Magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), titanium (Ti), calcium (Ca), phosphorous (P), and more. These elements are found to aid to healthy bodily functions. Compared to other teas, persimmon leaf tea contains a higher level of health and nutritional benefits. Analysis has shown persimmon leaf tea contains up to 10 times the amount of Vitamin C, tannins, flavonoids, rutin, choline and essential amino acid(Study conducted 1980. CAS). A Korean Study concluded that persimmon tea contains 3.5~20.8 times more vitamin C than green tea!

The ripe fruits are really good and super sweet too, but I was interested in the leaves. You see my 2 camellia's (which were here when we bought the property over a decade ago) are the wrong kind for tea leaves. How can an herbal infusion be considered a tea as well without "tea" leaves:)

Well guess what? Last year we purchased the 2 wooded acres that join our property on one side, it was just before the cancer diagnosis, after which I got really sick. As I have mentioned I am currently recovering from radiation and chemo treatments (PET SCAN CLEAN!), and I am getting out and about more. Today we decided to walk the woods and see what the Lord may have naturally blessed us with there ( I plan to get some ginseng going this fall). Well, lo and behold we have not the 1 right on the border (which I have picked from in previous years), not 2, but 3 very nice, and blooming right now, PERSIMMON TREES! Can You Believe It? This is so absolutely GREAT!

Persimmon definitely adds a kick to the cup. It is not a tea to sit and gulp down in a rush, but something you sip delicately, and savor. When I first started adding the leaves to my brew it seemed to me the persimmon could actually give coffee a run for its money. Sans Caffeine.

You will find over time that you develop the ability to identify the leaves of the different plants in your dried natural herbal tea mix by their colors and textures. That is one of the reason my favorite part of enjoying a cup of loose leaf happens. Each and every cup will in some way prove to be a unique and pleasing experience.

Herbal Teas taste depends on a number of variable factors. How much water, how long it steeped, did you take a bigger or smaller pinch of blend, or did you choose to put in more of one leaf than the other.
As long as you have safe, correctly identified herbs to experiment with, have fun, I say " It's All Good" :)

1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    Would you happen to know WHEN is the time to harvest the persimmon leaves?...
    Is it just before fall when it's time to pick the fruit?
    Thank indeed!


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