Let's talk about ideas for making our Nettle infusions taste better.
Mint: Not bad, probably my favorite
Honey: Tastes kinda weird to me
Licorice root: Too sweet
Share your ideas!
give it a few days. If you body needs what's in it - you'll start craving it and it'll taste better. If it doesn't - try an oatstraw infusion. It seems like people usually prefer one over the other.
The lemon balm sounds rather tasty. I've not tried that as an additional flavor to an infusion.
I don know that with tea, when I want more than plain tea, the only thing I tend to add is either honey or agave nectar.
The other thing with nettle infusion is the quality. If it brews up a brilliant emerald green - you've got gold. If it brews up brown like regular tea - it's not a great quality and the flavor does suffer for it.
I agree. Brown nettle = bleck. The Nettle I harvest from the local creek sides is far superior in flavor to that which I order, but I haven't yet mastered the trick of harvesting enough to make infusions through all the off seasons!!
When I am craving nettle, it does taste a lot better. But I don't necessarily think I don't need it when I'm not craving it. When I'm craving nettle, I'm usually deficient in minerals and also start craving salt. I try not to wait until I'm deficient to drink it, but it doesn't always turn out that way. I'm getting a lot better at switching up my infusions through out the week. For several years, it was just nettle, and I really think I needed it that much. I used to add Fremonita leaves to it, a local species of Malvaceae, which added a subtle sweetness and much needed mucilage. That idea I got from Kiva Rose. I'm pregnant right now and nothing tastes right, but I'm still drinking the nettle because I feel much better the next day than I would if I skipped it.
I'm not sure if I should bring it in in the winter. It doesn't get super cold here.
Any of the supply houses (Jeans Greens in Maine, Mountain Rose in Oregon, I think or Pacific Botanicals - those are the main 3 that I use) will send you a sample if you call and ask before you order it by the pound. I did that once. 3 POUNDS of bad nettle - and all 3 supply houses had the same nettle. MR used to cut their own leaf and stem and that was a supriringly good quality. I actually liked it with more than just the leaves - it was a little milder but still really good.
Any ideas on what to do with the left over nettle that I just couldn't drink?
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