This is the time of year when the leaves of birch trees are beginning to sprout, forming delicate green clusters. When the leaves start to show, it’s time to pick a handful or two to brew a gorgeous tea that tastes of spring.
It couldn’t be simpler and birch leaves are an incredible source for Vitamin C. The flavor is slightly peppery, but really fresh – reminiscent of a green tea. A little dollop of honey adds a lovely balance.
The great thing about birch tea is that you can use the leaves throughout the season, rather than just newly sprouted leaves in the spring. Just take around 3 to 5 leaves for one cup, crumple them in your hand and twist then drop them in a cup, pour hot water over them and steep for a couple of minutes. You can also use fresh birch twigs.
Birch Tea (bjørkete)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh young birch leaves
- ¾ cup (180 ml) hot water
- Honey, to taste
In a cup, add the birch leaves and pour the hot water on top. Let the leaves steep for about 10 minutes before straining. If desired, stir in some honey to taste. Enjoy!
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