DANGERS OF LOQUAT
What is loquat?
Medlar, loquat, Japanese medlar, European medlar, Japanese plum is a fruit tree of the Rosaceae family.
Although they share the same common name, there are two distinct species of fruit trees that produce loquats.
This article makes reference to the Japanese medlar (= loquat) (Eriobotrya japonica), which is the most common species; and there is also the European medlar (Mespilus germanica).
Is medlar toxic?
No, medlar is an edible fruit and its pulp has no toxic components.
The seed of this plant is toxic because it contains cyanogenic glycosides or hydrogen cyanide, characteristically showing a bitter flavor.
Poisoning is caused by ingestion of bones or seeds.
Symptoms of intoxication by loquat seeds ingestion
- Breath odor of bitter almonds
- Choking and cyanotic color, in which case you should see a doctor urgently and immediately.
- Although in small doses it has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, its consumption in large quantities can cause respiratory failure and even death.
Loquat during pregnancy and lactation
Do not take the seeds or tea prepared from these, as they are toxic.
More information on loquat.
20 May, 2021