It is very simple, delicious, and visually delightful to make fresh flower tea. Start off with some edible flowers, add water, and enjoy!
Fresh Flower Tea Ingredients
2 ounces of fresh edible flowers
1 pint of hot water (not boiling)
Honey to taste
Fresh Flower Tea Instructions
First, collect fresh EDIBLE flowers including clover, dandelion, chamomile, hibiscus, hollyhock, angelica, marigold, carnation, jasmine, lavender, rose, pansy, or most citrus flowers. Flowers should NOT have been sprayed with pesticides or collected near a road (pollution). Very gently rinse them clean and inspect for bugs or dirt. Set aside. For some flowers, like hollyhock, rose, and hibiscus, it may be better to use the petals only. Click Here For More Info on Edible Flowers
Heat the water in a pan. The temperature should be hot, but cool enough that you can put your fingers in it (about 170 degrees). Water that is too hot could cause a bitter flavor.
Pour the heated water onto the petals. Steep for 2-5 minutes. Taste after 2 minutes to see if you like the flavor; tasting every half minute. Do not exceed 5 minutes as overcooked flowers releases a bitter flavor.
Strain and remove all flower petals, leaving just the water. Compost or discard flowers.
Add honey to taste to the water. Serve hot or chilled.