Pine Needle Tea
This for me is a cup of pure health and not only are the nutritional benefits incredible but the taste too!
I’ve used Scots pine needles here and i tend to pluck the needles from the tree and dry them for a day or two. This concentrates the flavour and gives you more consistency when brewing.
The flavour of the tea is obviously piney but has notes of citrus. I like to add some fresh lemon zest and a little honey to sweeten. i also add a little cold water to the pot, this will help to regulate the temperature and stop you scalding the pine needles. This is a no no as you will kill the nutrients by over heating.
The tea is high in Vitamins C and A, full of antioxidants and boosts the immune system.
- 1 handful dried pine needles
- 4 strips of lemon zest
add a splash of cold water to a teapot. Add the lemon zest and pine needles before topping up with boiling water. leave to steep for a few minutes before enjoying with a spoon of raw honey.
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