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Decided to brew this tea from derk, thank you!
And as I am curious person by nature I turned on VPN for my university and looked to the databases.
“The decoction of dried fruits of Ternstroemia pringlei (Rose) Standl. (Theaceae), commonly known as “Flor de Tila”, is used in the Mexican traditional medicine to diminish insomnia and fear.” (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2008.05.035, I have whole article available)
Enough of science, now to find out my own thoughts. I let it steep all time long, as there aren’t any steeping parameters. So, it could be around 25 minutes steep.
It brews lightly pink/red and thus certainly not similar to any Linden (Tilia sp.) tea! Tastes slightly berry like and quite pretty much nothing else. Quite drying aftertaste, I needed a gulp of fresh water afterwards.
Good to know it’s kosher, haha! I would rate after drinking the second bag.
Flavors: Berry, Drying
Having a pot with Kiki tonight, 5 bags to a liter.
It tastes different than having just a mug with a bag, not like rosehips. I did let it steep for probably 15 minutes this time before pouring. It’s actually rather sweet in smell and taste and I’m having a hard time putting words to it. Like sugared berries of some sort and powdery florals, somewhat drying. Warming, very relaxing. Both Kiki and I feel tingly. She mentioned it right as the thought entered my head. Interesting!
Definitely not the linden flowers of English language understanding and an entirely different genus of plants.
Flavors: Berry, Drying, Floral, Paper, Sugar
I bought these teabags, for export only, from a Mexican market. The box is illustrated with linden flowers and leaves, says linden flowers in English, ingredients are 100% linden flowers. The box also has a blurb in English about how “the linden tree belongs to the Family Tiliaceae…” It also gives a species name, Ternstroemia pringlei Rose. That’s not linden. It brews up like rosehips – similar color and flavor – but it’s not rosehips and is in fact in the family Pentaphylacaceae. It’s a box full of lightly floral-drying and fruity-tangy confusion packed in individual envelopes.
I guess it boils down to differences in language usage and whoever was in charge of designing the box art not realizing the difference between what is referred to in English as linden or tilia and what is referred to in Spanish as flor de tila. Not quite a case of “a rose by any other name.”
Apparently it’s used as a nerve tonic and sedative in Mexico.
Unrelated: I am disgusted by the amount of prescription medicine ads on daytime television and the use of the word ‘skyrocketing’ in the news. I might be grumpy. I haven’t had any caffeine yet today and it’s a bit late to remedy that situation.