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Top Tea to Harvest this Month: Violet by Cassie Liversidge

Monday, April 6th 2015 @ 10:41 AM

Violets (viola odorata) flower in the early spring and they are really a hidden delight to have in your garden. They are also known as sweet violets or wood violets. The delicate mauve flowers and the young leaves can be used to make tea.

Harvest the flowers when they are in full bloom as this is when they have the most scent. Nip off the flowers and leaves at the base of the stems and then remove the flower heads from the stems.

To make a cup of fresh violet tea put six flowers and four leaves into a tea bag or teapot (add more if you prefer a stronger flavor). Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea. Allow the tea to steep for three minutes. If you have used purple flowers your tea will be turning a beautiful blue color. Remove the teabag or pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. Put one fresh flower in the cup as decoration, and enjoy.

Violet tea has a very mild, gentle taste and a sweet violet flavor and aroma.

Violet tea is believed to be very high in vitamin C and it may help with sinus congestion, to relieve headaches and also to reduce anxiety. Be sure not to confuse this plant with African violets, which are a totally different plant and are not edible.


For more information on violet tea and any other teas in my tea blog please see my book Homegrown Tea.

~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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