Read part one about harvesting and drying herbs here. This second post will largely be photos of tea and a bit of information about what plants are good for tea. But first a bit about storing your dried herbs.
Here is most of my harvest. Each herb in its own jar. I use both ordinary glass jars and metal tea jars, with various types of lids. Air tight lids are supposedly best, but I use whatever I can find. It might be tempting to store the pretty herbs in glass jars where they are visible, but they stay good for longer if stored in darkness. The herbs should not be crushed to pieces. They retain much more flavor if stored whole. I write the name of the herb as well as the year of harvest on the lid so that I can be sure how old that particular herb is.
|White clover flowers.|
|Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), leaves and flowers.|
|Yarrow, leaves and flowers.|
|Pansies and violets.|
|White clover flower tea. This is a herbal tea for the beginner! The taste is very sweet and almost a bit honey like even without sweetener. The flowers even look very pretty!|
|Lady's mantle leaf tea (Alchemilla Vulgaris). I really like these leaves, they taste quite sweet and look very pretty.|
|Rowan leaf tea. Not quite as sweet as white clover or lady's mantle but still a pleasant mild herbal tea.|
|Fireweed leaves and flowers.|
|Hibiscus flower tea. Rather cool purple color isn't it? Doesn't taste very much or very good though.|
|Meadowsweet flowers and leaves (Filipendula ulmaria).|
|Meadowsweet flower and leaf tea. I have always loved the sweet, almond like, scent of this plant and that scent translates into taste too! The taste is sweet with an almond undertone, absolutely delicious! And don't they look pretty!|
|Pansy flower and yarrow leaf.|
- Rose petals - Give a subtle scent and taste of rose.
- Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) - Are pretty and blue but not much else.
- Red clover flower - Not as sweet and not as pretty as it's white sibling.
- Veronica (esp. Veronica chamaedrys) - Traditional tea plant, tastes nice and sweet.
- Blueberry leaf - Tastes wonderful, quite fresh and green!
- Lingonberry leaf - Tastes virtually nothing. Said to be a cood treatment for urinary infection though.
- Strawberry leaf - Sweet and tasty, quite similar to raspberry or lady's mantle.
- Violet flowers - Look pretty and have a subtle sweet taste.
- Mint and peppermint - I love to blend these strong flavored herbs with something pretty but boring!
- Hops - Really interesting, rather beer like, taste. Supposedly good as a sleep-inducing evening tea.
- Black currant leaves - Really strong and unique flavor! I love blending with blander but prettier herbs.
Those are the plants I have harvested and tried as tea! I have tried a lot of different blends too but I suggest that you experiement and find your personal favorites. Feel free to ask questions, I am sure that I have forgotten something...