Part of the series - Wild food in Covid times
Join me for a very short walk around the edges of the garden searching for wild tea inspiration. I discuss the merits of oxidising tea and demonstrate how.
True, it’s caffeine free. If you really want a wild crafted tea with caffeine, you can buy pure caffeine power from sports supplement suppliers.
Note: After oxiization and before drying you can put the leaves in a cold smoker. Gently one, you get a lovely lapsang souchong style tea.
I also talk about oak galls and how to make ink from them.
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- 0:00. How to craft a phone wind guard from reedmace, and how to use onion skins to decorate eggs for easter with botanical imprints.
- 4:20. Reading from my book made entirely from wild crafted materials.
- 6:30. Introducing wild teas. 10:30. Oak leaves
- 12:19. How to make oak gall ink.
- 19:29. Bramble leaf.
- 23:23. Rosebay willowherb (and pendulous sedge)
- 30:50. How to oxidize oak leaves for tea, and why. (Note: You can just break up the leaves using a food processor or nutribullet. This will obviously produce a finer tea. Sometimes I do this, but I also like bashing!)
- 40:56. How to oxidize bramble leaves.
- 44:12. How to prepare rosebay willowherb leaf.
- 46:18. Finished and dried black oxidize oak leaf tea.
- 49:42 Some book recommendations.
- 53:25 Guided tea meditation resources.
- 54:18 Pouring the brewed oak leaf tea (I forgot to mention that adding milk can bind the tannins, I believe). I also wondered why it wasn’t as dark usual. It’s because I normally ad 2 heaped tablespoons, rather than dessert spoons. That makes it the same strength as regular tea.
- 54:50. The improvised bramble dance!
- The foraged book by Fergus Drennan et al (digital version, as there is only one hard copy, which is the way when a book is made out of mushrooms!)