Raspberry leaf tea

While on a recent trip to the Woodsbabe’s grandparents’ farm, I grabbed a handful of leaves from some of the many raspberry plants there so I could make raspberry leaf tea later on.

The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other health benefits provided by raspberry tea are so numerous that I’ll simply refer you to this excellent source-cited article at herbcyclopedia.

Some dry leaves:

A few seconds after adding hot water:

After steeping for a few minutes:

Leaves after steeping:

The tea had a refreshing taste similar to blackberry leaf tea (but a bit tangier), which is not surprising considering they’re related plants. I’ll definitely drink it again the next time I find wild raspberries growing in the forest!

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10 comments on “Raspberry leaf tea

  1. Duncan says:

    Great post! The doctors told my wife to drink raspberry leaf tea at the end of her pregnancy as it is known to induce labor. She drank it the night they told her to and had her first son the day after. Who knew?

  2. I’m gonna have to try this, sounds very interesting and good!

    Is there a preferred time to harvest the leaves? I’ve got tons of them growing behind me but the berries won’t be in for a bit yet. I’m thinking it probably doesn’t matter when you get the leaves but you never know.

  3. Conrad says:

    Great post! I just recently started really getting into wild edibles and this is great! Do you have any wild edible receipts that you fall back on?

  4. I loved your article, it was very informative…would love it if you hopped on by our blog hop on Sunday…The Homesteaders Hop.

    http://www.modernhomesteaders.net

  5. Finnman says:

    Rasberry leaves makes very good tea especially when mixed with “mesiangervo” leaves (Filipendula ulmaria). But sure it´s good as itself also and contains good amount of C-vitamin.
    BEWARE! Mesiangervo is slightly poisonous, but completely harmless in small amounts. It is used also for medicinal purposes and it works for headache, nerve pains, reduces fewer and is antiseptic.

    Have you tried to “hiostaa” (not sure of english word, maybe “fermenting”) your rasberry leaves? It brings out a lot of new aromas compared to drying on some plants especially for rasberry and strawberry etc..
    process shortly: crush leaves by making small balls out of them with your fingers (wash your hands well or use gloves). Put them loosely to some container and close lid lightly. Heat container around 50-60C few hours until balls are getting brownish. Open balls and put somewhere to dry (sauna works) no more than 30-40C needed. Then pack to airtight containers and enjoy!

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