Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

Winter twigs with little round floral buds 


Coarsely broken twigs - ready for tea!


Spicebush leaves and berries, late summer


Winter Spicebush Tea

The twigs make a delicious hot or chilled tea. No leaves needed!

8-10 spicebush twigs (one good handful)
About 3 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.