Malus hupehensis (Pamp.) Rehd.,
PEAR LEAF CRABAPPLE
CHINESE CATALPA, HAI TANG GUO
The flowering crabapple, hai tang
guo, is also called hai tang, qiu zi (Chinese catalpa) and hai hong (ocean
red). It is a small tree growing to a height of 3-8 meters.
The fruit is ball-shaped with a diameter of 20-30 mm, the outer surface bare
and smooth and either red or pale yellow in color. The end of the fruit
retains the flower calyx.
The flesh of the fruit is pale pink or cream in color, the texture crisp and
the flavor sweet or sour-sweet. There. is a seed in the centre.
The fruit ripens in the autumn. It is neither hot nor cold in nature, and is
without poison. The virtue of the fruit is that it can invigorate the spleen
and stop diarrhea. It contains carbohydrate, many vitamins, organic acid,
1. INDIGESTION; INDIGESTION WITH A SWOLLEN STOMACH. Take 30 grams of fresh
fruit, discard the stone and eat. Do this twice a day.
2. INFLAMMATION OF THE INTESTINES; DYSENTERY CAUSING DIARRHEA; STOMACH
PAINS. Take 15 grams of dry fruit, add water and steam till cooked then
serve. Do this 3 times a day.
3. DIARRHEA IN SMALL CHILDREN. Take 3-6 grams of dried fruit and 1-5 grams
of bone charcoal (sheep or pig bones are baked until they turn into charcoal
and are then crushed). Cover with water and simmer till cooked, then serve.
Do this every day 3 time
4. HEMORRHOIDS, BLEEDING AND PAINFUL. Take 30 grams of fresh fruit and eat
in the morning and again in the evening. In addition take 500 grams of fresh
fruit or 250 grams of dried fruit, add water and steam till cooked, then
wash affected parts daily while the liquid is warm.
Do not eat this fruit if suffering from gastric ulcers or hyperacidity.