First time ever foraging my own tea!
My in laws live in a small town 3h away from us. Every August the blueberry picking is amazing (in 2 days the husband and I picked ourselves 14L of blueberries!). This time I decided to save some of the leaves and see how that would be as a herbal tea. We were tossing the leaves away anyways, figured I might try using it for something!
I saved the leaves (some had stems and I think a couple blueberries snuck in too) and after cleaning them (left them for a day or two before I could get to them as well) I spread the leaves out on a baking sheet and then baked them to dry them out on the lowest setting my oven had (200F). I believe I baked them for 20-25min before they felt “crispy” enough, and then I put them away. Today I grabbed somewhere between 1-2 tbsp of leaf and steeped them in 8oz of boiled water for 5min. The taste is herbaceous, slightly woody (thanks to the stems/twigs attached) with a very subtle sweet after taste). Altogether It was alright. It didn’t wow me, so I’m debating blending these leaves with other things or just tossing them (i don’t mind doing so since I didn’t pay for them, haha). Altogether a neat experience regardless!
Flavors: Herbaceous, Wood