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growing herbs for teas

Post: # 227086Post JillStephens7
Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:53 pm

Hello, I am determined to grow more herbs for making teas this year, partly to save money and partly cause it seems plain silly to be flying and driving stuff round the world packaged up in little bags and boxes.

I've been re-potting some lemon balm today and brought some in (to unheated kitchen windowsill )to hopefully speed the growth and have a spearmint doing ok on the windowsill though getting a bit floppy. Get bored just drinking these two so need to diversify if I'm going to stick to growing not buying.

Sages are just getting some leaves on again (maybe I will try bringing one of these in too to see if it speeds things up) and rosemaries and lavenders are starting to recover after the beatings of the frosts and am going to try teas from these this year though not sure they'll be my cup of tea :cooldude: .

Not sure what to add to the mix this year? :dontknow: I like white tea and a lot of the spicy yogi teas, not really stuff you can grow in Lancashire :pirate:

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Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:06 pm

Could try rosemary and fennel seed (I used to drink loads of it), maybe nettle too.

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Post: # 227090Post greenorelse
Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:30 pm

I was going to suggest nettle too! It's that time of year. Don't forget dandelions are useful plants too.

Yarrow grows anywhere and makes a decent brew. Spruce needle tea is said to be high in vitamin C.

Also, there are many different kinds of mints, all special in their own way.

Get a small piece of liquorice root; grate it to make and infusion with, it lasts a good while.

Something I'd love to grow and try as a tea is stevia.

A related tip: use a dedicated, decent-sized cafetiere (french press) for making your teas. Far easier than using a teapot and strainer.
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Post: # 227093Post okra
Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:53 pm

fennel leaf is delicious.

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Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:07 pm

chamomile. chamomile with aniseed,
Thyne, with a little honey. lovely

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Post: # 227141Post JillStephens7
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:15 am

Of course nettle and dandelion! Two of my all time favourite teas what an airhead I am. Thanks for the reminder. I suppose I can just freeze some for later in the year, but not sure how well it would keep.

Not tried yarrow before in fact not even sure what yarrow looks like but will investigate, thanks for that.

Fennel tea yum yum, not tried growing it before though, looks exotic and tricky :dontknow:

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Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:52 pm

Exotic and tricky fennel - we planted some years ago and never looked after it particularly. It grew. I'm still trying to get rid of it, but it insists on coming back up every year in the worst possible places. This is great if you like fennel. I'm not telling anyone if I do or not.

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Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:02 pm

Might give fennel a whirl if I can get myself organised then. Oh so many projects to try and far too many hours spent at work :roll:
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Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:58 pm

Nettles dry really easily. Just hang them up for a few days. Then they keep for ages.

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Post: # 227375Post Ophidianoir
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:17 am

I grew Fenugreek a couple of years ago but did not leave it to seed as we used the leaves as an ingredient for Methi Chaman (Indian dish). Although most people use the seeds for tea I think that the leaves are brewed as a herbal tea in India. It is also a good green manure if you find you do not like the taste.

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Post: # 227524Post Veggiesauraus
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:19 pm

Love this post!!! Thanks for all the ideas!!!

PS I still have dried nettles on my wall from last years crop! Still taste as good :) Not sure if they have any goodness in them?

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Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:41 am

Never tried netle tea whats it taste like? :)
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Post: # 227696Post JillStephens7
Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:52 am

becks77 wrote:Never tried netle tea whats it taste like? :)
umm, like nettles?! Sort of green and very fertile and a bit earthy?! Best I can do :dontknow:

Can't think of anything else that tastes like it.

Today is nettle gathering day for me :cheers:

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Post: # 227698Post Green Aura
Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:39 am

becks77 wrote:Never tried netle tea whats it taste like? :)
:lol: Honestly, it tastes like crap! :lol:

The good thing is a little goes a long way and mixing it with mint makes a very palatable brew. :cheers: :lol:
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Post: # 227789Post greenorelse
Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:51 pm

Green Aura wrote:
becks77 wrote:Never tried netle tea whats it taste like? :)
:lol: Honestly, it tastes like crap! :lol:

The good thing is a little goes a long way and mixing it with mint makes a very palatable brew. :cheers: :lol:
It's an acquired taste - I know people who love it. It's a little too earthy for me but the dried nettle tea you can buy in wholefood shops seems better; maybe it's mixed with something. It's a bit like liquorice tea bought in teabags - definitely tastes of liquorice and I like it - but what a difference when you grate your own liquorice root and make an infusion: gorgeous!
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