Category Archives: Tea


Essie from Auckland writes, Loquats. An easy care, pretty fruit tree which doesn’t need pruning. I steam (or boil) the big seeds until edible. They could be ground up and used to make almond biscuits with a little almond essence. (Use some flour & butter, too.) A Taiwanese lady told me loquat leaves are a […]

Reader, Paraparaumu.

Don’t throw out the leftover tea. Strain the liquid and add it to fruit drinks for punch, or use it for cleaning paintwork. Tired wooden furniture is improved by washing the wood with the cold tea, then dry and polish in the normal way. Pot-plants are also improved by watering with cold tea.