I have been looking into ways to grow my own tea at home. I found a lot of ideas around growing some standard herbs for tea; chamomile, mint, lavender. Recently I came across some posts regarding Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. This is exactly as it sounds – leaves from red raspberry bushes. Since I have a large patch in my yard I figured to give it a try.
The tea can either be brewed with fresh leaves, or by using dried leaves. I decided to dry my leaves since I ended up cutting a lot from the bushes. I kept a few out though and make a cup of tea using the fresh leaves while the rest dried. It surprised me to find the leaves smelt pretty fruity, I guess I expected more of a grass smell. The leaves were put on trays and dried overnight. I ended up having enough dried leaves to fill 3 pint jars.
To use, just crumble the leaves into either a tea bag or a reusable k-cup and brew with hot water. The tea came out very light, but definitely had a flavor to it. I’m excited to keep drinking this since it’s not only delicious, but free since I only have to cut leaves off of bushes I already have. The tea only needs either a few fresh leaves, or a small scoop of crumbled dried leaves.