Garden Tea

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Tea anyone?

In gardening class today, my daughter and I learned how to make the best tea I’ve ever had. It is perfect for a beautiful summer’s day, and a great way to teach a little one about the garden. Our wonderful teacher, Monette, had this idea and now we are looking forward to making it more and more!

The glass of tea is so beautiful with all the bright flowers and herbs in the sunshine. And you get to drink it all in!

We tried to add the very first, new blackberries into the tea, but the girls ate them up before we could even get them into the basket. If you have edible fruits, feel free to add them in.

There is a wide variety of plants you can use, this is just a sample list. Use part, or all of this list, or add your own plants that you know are safe to eat!

 

Garden Tea

Ingredients:

  • Rose petals
  • Edible pea pods (once you’ve eaten the delicious peas inside!)
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Comfrey flowers
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Peppermint leaves
  • Spearmint leaves
  • Clover flowers
  • Oregano leaves
  • Edible berries
  • Any other edible herb or flower
  • 1 quart (or more) of spring water
  • Any sweetener you want (optional – ours tasted great without it!)

Dishes used:

  • 1 quart jar

Directions:

  • First of all, you MUST make sure that there are no pesticides, herbicides, or any other toxin on the plants. Also no Miracle-Gro, or any other non-Organic¬†fertilizers for the plants. Otherwise you will pick up the toxins.
  • Pick the flowers and herbs, etc fresh from the garden and collect them in a container. If you have a little one, this is a great time for them to learn about the different plants and to sample some along the way.
  • Wash what you gathered in a good fruit and vegetable rinse (I use Sunrider brand) to kill any bugs. Rinse well.
  • Place in a quart jar (or more) of spring water and place in the sun for at least an hour. Add sweetener if using and enjoy!

That’s it!

 

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