Best Bee Balm (Monarda, Bergamot) for Tea?

julia42(9a)October 27, 2011

I've been enjoying using my herbs for teas lately, and I was thinking it might be nice to have some bee balm. I know it's not the same as the bergamot used in Earl Grey, but I've heard it still makes a very nice tea.

Can I just pick any of the varieties of bee balm to plant? It seems like there are a million different hybrids, which I would guess are bred mainly for looks, not flavor. Do they all work equally well for tea, or is it better to stick with the wild variety?


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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

The named garden cultivars are generally bred for size and color, not flavor. I would go with a standard, no name variety that you like the smell/taste of. Or if deciding to do some ordering from mail order/online vendors, I'd go with ones from the herb seed/plant vendors as those will probably be ones with a good taste and smell.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 1:41PM
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I've got lots of different kinds of bee balm and they all smell good. Should I just try different ones to see which one makes the best tea?

They are just wonderful for keeping the deer out of the roses and blueberries. So far, we have red, white, light pink, medium pink, burgandy and a pretty pink/purple. One of the red ones got 5' tall, but the rest stay at about 2' to 3' tall :)

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 8:05PM
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