Couple years ago, flashPress featured a post on Pond Water tea. Since introducing the simple, easy-to-forage ingredients for it, it’s become a favorite of some of my friends. I wanted to share a short, updated version of it with you today since the original post was published on femme’s Desk, which is no longer an active blog on this site.
This stuff is easy to make with, or without a lawn full of herbs and veggies. If you have to purchase ingredients for it, they can be inexpensive and organic, especially if you buy them from a farmers’ market.
Foraging for the ingredients and mixing the liquids has become a favorite activity for some of the kids I work with. And in the adventure of hunting and picking what they want to include in their tea, they're learning about edible plants, how and when to pick them, what parts to pick, and how to grow them.
As of May...
The arrival of spring has got our lawn sprouting cilantro, dandelions, wild violets and strawberries. Ramsey (my lavender bush, a birthday gift from 2016) has woken up from hibernation and is looking handsome as ever, and my sister’s Rosemary plant is also thriving.
All of these are easy to forage--no tools required. We don’t use any inorganic chemicals on our lawn and garden, but we still wash the foraged ingredients well before adding them to the glass container for cold steeping. Most herbs won’t need to be chopped. Larger sized fruits and veg will need to be sliced, may need to be sliced.
Remember, the larger the pieces, the easier they are to remove from the container, after they’re infusion abilities are spent. Sometimes poking some holes into the ingredients is all that’s needed.
Any fruit or veg you like can be an ingredient. Below is a list of some of my favorite ingredients, just to give you some ideas when making your own.
Once your jar has all the solid ingredients you want to use, you can add the liquid ingredients.
My preference is to use about 2/3rds water to 1 part of a mixture of vinegar (white or cider--either works) and fruit juice. Most of the time I use unsweetened apple juice, but other juices work great too. We lean toward unsweetened juices to avoid high fructose corn syrup and other processed sweeteners.
Once it’s all together in your jar, you can let it steep a little while in your fridge, or serve it immediately at room temp, or over ice. The ingredients will continue to enrich several refills of fluid, but should be discarded the next day, or when they’re not longer flavoring the drink.
We turn our spent ingredients into mulch. 🌞
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