Making herbal tea from your garden
|From the literal tea garden.|
We put about a tablespoon of plant material (crushing or tearing helps release essential oils) in a strainer, added a cup of hot water, and let the mix steep for about 10 minutes. Some of my favorite blends included those with mint, fennel, lavender, and lemon verbena. The flavors tend to be mild but refreshing, akin to a cucumber or lemon water.
When cupped side by side, our best blends tasted just as good the standard, supermarket-bought Celestial Seasonings-type teas. (Admittedly, our worst blends--including a "suicide" mix I made using every type of plant matter available--tasted more like swamp water.) In some cases, the garden flavors seemed brighter, perhaps due to the freshness of the herbs, and now I'm curious to try my garden tea iced.