Welcome to the first of our weekly series in Tisane (ti-zan) Tea Tuesday! Every week we hope you will stop by as we feature one of our herbal teas and some great, whole food, tea time recipes from our farm kitchen, other homesteads around the country and whole food kitchens.
According to Wikipedia a tisane is an: "Herbal tea, or, more properly, tisane, is any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine."
Many of our teas are made from herbs that are either grown on our farm, sourced from other local farms in Oregon or purchased from bulk herb suppliers that provide the best quality organic products.
Most tea drinkers know tea as that which is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. This is where black, green, yellow, white and oolong teas are made from. These plants take many, many years to grow and only the top few leaves of the plant are used. We look forward to featuring these locally grown tisane (herbal) teas.
Feature Tisane Tea of the Week
This week we are excited to share one of the first teas which we featured Oregon grown ingredients in. Our Willamette Berry Pie Tea is made with a base of green rooibos which is actually not tea but from a plant that has needle like leaves. Green roobios (roy-boss) is from the same plant as the more familiar red rooibos. The only difference is that the green is not fermented like the red and so it has a different chemical make up. Rooibos tea does not contain any caffiene and is low in tannins making it a great alternative to those concerned wtih their coffee, black or green teas.
The green rooibos is paired with some amazing smelling, and tasting herbs! Cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla give this tea its over powering pie like smell and flavor. They warm up the insides and make one feel all cozy. A great tea for the cold fall and winter months. Rose petals add an elegant touch and a very light floral fruity flavor. Orange peel adds a nice citrus touch that brings out the other more subtle flavors.
Last but not least, the Oregon grown haskap berries. A haskap berry is like an elongated blueberry but is a bit more tart and they are an early season berry. This cold weather, hearty berry was brought from Japan to Oregon by Dr. Maxine Thompson of Oregon State University. She has worked a great many years to cultivate these lovely high antioxidant fruits in Oregon. Read more about Dr. Thompson's Haskap Berries here.
Our Willamette Berry Pie Tea is served perfect by itself or with a touch of natural sweetner, we prefer a good local honey. A touch of raw milk would also give this sort of a vanilla ice cream on pie touch! Grab your cuppa Willamette Berry Pie tea here in our Farm Store.
Five Tasty Tea Time Recipes
Its time to pull those lovely summer berries out of the freezer and make this excellent dish!
Haskap berries, blackberry and now raspberry, this weeks tea is sure to be berry delicious! The sweetness of summer right in our freezers. Not only does this look super yummy but it can be made with what ever berries you might have around or access to.
This recipe is aslo GAPS diet friendly for those who follow that. This one will send spring right into our kitchens, once again making use of the loviness that is stored in the homestead freezer. Paired with processed suger free rhubarb jam.
These look super yummy! Einkorn is an ancient grain that many have had an easier time digesting and add that to a fermented sourdough and digestion is improved even more. Plus the unique twist to these cinnamon treats is just beautiful!
Do you have a favorite, whole food, tea time treat? We would love to check it out. Please send us the link via email.
Thanks for joining us down on the farm, see you at tea time next week!
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.