Making tea from fireweed

in #homesteading2 years ago (edited)

In past years, we harvested a lot of fireweed leaves, dried, fermented and brewed tea. But in the last couple of years I spend more time building my house and collecting tea has faded into the background.

Last year I did not collect it at all, so last weekend I decided to rehabilitate a little and went on the field to collect some fireweed leaves for tea.


Generally I prefer coffee, but green tea from fireweed leaves I like (as well as mate or Very strong black tea).

Tea of ​​fireweed has a lot of useful properties. It has a calming effect on the central nervous system. People apply fireweed tea in the treatment of peptic ulcer and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. But I just like this tea

Actually the process of collecting is quite simple. Just gently, one movement of the hand on the stem from the top-down tear the leaves from the stem. Top with flowers must remain untouched.


Well, next is sorting. Since I was late with the collection, the leaves were already elderly, somewhere with traces of slugs, somewhere eaten by caterpillars. Of course I could leave all as there is, my friend so and makes, but to drink tea with snails not very pleased.

In my case, after sorting left exactly half of the crop.


The next step is kneading the leaves. If you want the tea to be black, you can not do without it. I use the lazy option. I'm wrinkling mass of leaves as dough. After that, I covered the container with a damp cloth and leave for fermentation for about a day. The finished mixture smells of fruits :)


And then I just dry the leaves.


And I'm packing them in storage tanks.


There are many options for making tea from this plant. I tried different variants, but stopped there. Perhaps it is not the best, but quite simple and fast, except for the sorting procedure.

My tea turns out to be something in between black and green and I like it. But my children not in delight from this tea, but what to do - they will get used to it :)


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Umm one to try for sure, i'll have to locate some. Although think the season maybe be running to an end. Does it get too bitter from the mature plant? 💯🐒

I didn't notice the difference, just the old leaves are coarser, often spoiled by pests and it is believed that they are not so useful

Sounds good I will have to look for some around me. What sort of places does it grow? 💯🐒

Grows in different places. At the places of fires, forest fellings. I often see it in the fields, by the road, in the ditches

Nice found some near me I think 💯🐒


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Super useful to see how you ferment the tea!! Really interesting. I think using the slug eaten leaves is the best, because slugs intuitively KNOW which ones are the best. :) Super nice post!

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Cool I grew up around lots of fireweed in southeast Alaska but I never heard about making tea from the leaves! I learned something today :) Great post!

Thanks. Not just tea, but really good tea.

Oh, we don't have that here! I didn't know you could make tea out of it. Kids do get used to anything if you give it to them often enough.