What are you growing for tea?

workingthesoilOctober 31, 2009

Currently I have in my Florida tea garden:

Tarragon

Lemon Grass

Hibiscus

Moujean Tea or Bahama Berry

(Black?) Peppermint

Chocolate Mint

Spearmint

Papaya Leaf

Passion Flower Leaf

Ginger

Eau-de-Cologne Mint

Apple Mint

Pineapple Sage

Lemon Thyme

Lemon Basil

I would very much like to hear about anyone's experience with these, and any other caffeine free tea herbs.

Do you have experience with Roobus, New Jersey Tea, Gogi Berry, or Honeybush? I haven't been able to get these going yet. Some sprout, but don't take off.

Do you have experience with Black Pepper or Vanilla?

I regularly make tea out of tarragon and (black?) peppermint. I also use the peppermint with lemongrass.

I have a bush with very small leaves that is a mint, that I was told when I bought it, was black peppermint, but it doesn't look anything like the black peppermint images on google.

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hoagc(5 NW Ohio)

catnip makes a pretty decent tea...very calming

    Bookmark   November 4, 2009 at 10:35AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Any fruits such as apples, quince, blueberry, raspberry and so on can be dried and added to tea. Fresh too, for that matter.

Rosehips are nice....roses were in all the old herb gardens of yore.

Lemon balm, sage, dandelion (leaf & root), raspberry leaf, nettle... to add to what has already been said.

Herbs have medicinal actions too. If you plan on drinking more than the rare occasional cup of something, be sure to check to see what effects the herb has.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 8:25AM
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noinwi

I don't grow, but I harvest and dry the wild Goldenrod around here for a medicinal tea(for urinary complaints,not that you wanted to know that,LOL), but it also tastes good.
I do grow Chocolate Mint and Lemon Balm and still have some dried Lemon Verbena that I grew a couple of years ago. I need to grow more of that!

    Bookmark   November 5, 2009 at 6:42PM
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roper2008 (7b)

I have regular lemon balm in my garden, but this spring I bought
some lemon balm seeds from Johnny's Seeds. These are suppose
to have more essential oils than regular lemon balm. Ohh boy, it
smells so much stronger than common lemon balm. It makes a
stronger tea with less leaves. I just love to brush my hands against
the leaves, and my hands smell lemony. I also make tea from Anise
Hyssop. Rosemary tea is also good for memory problems.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 6:52PM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

Ceanothus americanus is supposed to make a good tea, and many cooking herbs can be used for tea. I picked Persimmon leaves at the end of the season for tea, and stinging nettle. You might want to look at an extensive list with uses and cautions on the Plants for a Future database.

Here is a link that might be useful: pfaf tea

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 7:22PM
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