Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wild Tea

This is not the season for most wild edibles -- the salad greens of spring are long gone, even the berries are either consumed or dried up.  There are still many wild teas you can gather from the winter woods.  Here is a list of my favorites that are still available this time of year:

white cedar leaves
balsam fir needles
Labrador tea leaves
wintergreen leaves and berries
Sweet gale leaves and twigs
Sweet fern leaves and twigs
yellow birch twigs

My favorite way to prepare them is to stick whole sprig in a cup, pour boiling water over it, and wait until it's cool enough to drink.  Then I fish out the leaves and enjoy the tea!  Cedar and rosehips both have lots of vitamin C, so they are excellent choices to help ward off the winter sniffles.

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