We went foraging in our yard today for various evergreens to have an evergreen tea tasting party, we are lucky to have many organic evergreen trees in our yard so we know they are safe to use in teas. An evergreen tea party is such a fun way to celebrate Winter Solstice!
We collected red pine, white pine, fir, spruce, and rosehips. Ok, technically rosehips aren’t an evergreen but they are yummy and they were calling our names!
While the tea kettle was warming the water to a boil, we chopped up the needles and rosehips. First we were taking the needles off the stems but the spruce and fir were a little painful……
When the tea kettle whistled we added the boiling water to the greens and rosehips, letting them steep for 10-15 minutes.
Finally, ready for the taste test.
We put a little tea in a tea cup, sipped each tea a couple of times, kept sipping if we loved, dumped if we didn’t.
Some of the results:
“The Blue Spruce smells like cat pee.” (I happen to agree).
“The White Pine has a very nice delicate flavor that would be delicious paired with honey.”
“The fir tastes like Yule tree, a very strong and aromatic flavor.”
“The rosehips have a sweet and sour taste.”
I encourage everyone to try this, it was a lot of fun! There are a lot of health benefits to evergreens, they are helpful to drink during cold and flu season because of the vitamin C and electrolytes they carry. They are also wonderful in ointments and astringents. I will share more ideas on how to use them in future posts throughout the winter.