Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Winter twigs with little round floral buds
Twigs without the leaves make the best tasting Spicebush Tea.
So you can harvest and enjoy this refreshing drink year round!
Coarsely broken twigs - ready for tea!
Spicebush leaves and berries, mid-summer.
Crush a leaf or scratch the stem - once you know that heavenly smell, you know it!
8-10 spicebush twigs (one good handful)
3 - 4 cups water
Break the twigs into pieces, about 1" long (don't fuss too much about the sizes)
Put the water into a pot, and bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat. Put the twigs in and stir, pushing everything down into the water.
Cover with a lid and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let this steep, the more flavor your tea will have. If longer than 2 hours, let steep in the refrigerator.
Strain the twigs from the tea.
Makes a refreshing iced spicebush tea when chilled, or a warming winter beverage served hot.
Stir in sweetener of your choice, if preferred.