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Top Tea to Grow this Month - Scented Pelargonium by Cassie Liversidge

Monday, March 9th 2015 @ 2:05 PM

Scented Pelargoniums (Pelargonium) are also called geraniums and originate from South Africa. I would encourage you to discover this plant if you haven’t done already, because there are so many incredible different scents and flavours, ranging from zesty lemon to rose and even cinnamon!

 

The early spring is a good time to buy your new pelargonium plants because you can buy small plants to grow on to harvest in the summer. If you live somewhere that experiences temperatures below 40ºF (5ºC), then you will need to bring your pelargoniums inside for the winter. They like a sunny position and an average temperature of 70ºF (21ºF) and free draining soil.

 

You will be able to harvest your pelargonium leaves in the summer. Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water. Put three or four fresh or dried pelargonium leaves and small parts of stalk into a tea bag or teapot. Tear the leaves into smaller pieces if they are large. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea and cover with a saucer or a lid. Allow the tea to steep for three to four minutes. (The leaves will discolor when the hot water is poured over them). Remove the tea bag or pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer and enjoy. You can also add a pelargonium flower before serving. The flavor will depend upon your type of pelargonium, but whichever you choose it will be a flavorsome and relaxing drink.



~Cassie Liversidge

 

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CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied fine art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parents’ plant nursery, where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, came from a desire to share her passion for eating homegrown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends time in New York each year. Cassie is author of Homegrown Tea, released March 2014. Visit her website at cassieliversidge.com

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