You may or may not be aware that I am a tea whore.
Papa & Stepmumma Pigeon refuse to believe that anything that isn’t builder’s tea doesn’t count, but I will drink most things infused with hot water…and I will rave about it.
So, as someone who drinks about 4 pots of tea (to herself) a day in the winter, here is how we have tea…for free!
We grow this in our garden (well… currently it looks like I have thrown an angry pelican at it, as it needed snipping for the winter, so hopefully it will reshoot for the summer ready for Pimms) and I have a massive bunch hung in our kitchen drying just for tea.
Our mint also gets frozen for cocktails and cooking over the winter period, but tea is where we are using it most. Just chop a dried stalk from the bunch, plonk it in your teapot/cup, let it brew and drink away. FREE TEA! You can pull all the leaves off too and use them in a loose tea infuser…if you have such a thing.
I know…this one seems weird…but it is SUPER YUM and PINK! Yes…pink tea from a green plant. Magical.
Rosemary Tea is meant to have allsorts of super dooper healing properties for your body, including boosting circulation and all that jazz, I just quite like the taste and I love that it is free. You can literally pop an entire stalk of this fresh into hot water and let brew. I also hand it and also it to dry, pull of the leaves and add to our loose tea infuser, as I use them for two cups at least! What a tight wad…
You can grow both of these herbs in your garden, although try to keep your Mint potted as it takes over! You will have to replace or feed the soil every year as it is proper greedy, but it will stop it popping up all over your flower beds. Rosemary is a nice shrubby sort of plant, but can be grown in a pot very easily on a balcony/corner of your lounge/outside your front door. I am planning on moving mine from pots to my flower beds this year so it can expand…..
Oh gawd….it is totally like an episode of The Good Life over here….