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May 2022

May 5, 2022

Birch Tea (bjørkete)

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Birch Tea (bjørkete)
Birch Tea (bjørkete)
birch leaves

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)

Birch Tea (bjørkete)

Serves 1

  • 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!

Get inspired some more with these spring foraging recipes.

Nevada Berg

Nevada is a utah native and norwegian by heart. When not crafting culinary delights she enjoys her family time and tending to her animals. You most certainly can find her perusing her property for wild berries.

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  1. Jenny says:

    i am so fascinated with this tea I cant wait to try it

  2. Diane says:

    Hi there! Just discovered your blog! I enjoy it very much. Question: when you say Birch tree twigs and leaves are you talking about White Birch which we have many of in the Northeastern part of the country? I’m in New York. My father had his beloved clump of White Birch in front of our house in Brooklyn,NY for over 30 years. There were a few times where these Birch were threatened by a disease that was killing the trees… including in the forests upstate in the Catskill mountains. My Dad brought them back to health on his property. No easy task. I wish I knew about Birch tea in those days… if you are including White Birch. Would love to know. Because those are the only Bir h I ever knew about. Thanks for any info!

  3. Carla says:

    Hi! Love this post. Where are your glasses and teapot from?

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