Strawberry leaf tea offers the sweet and full flavor of strawberries in a light drinkable form. The leaves of the strawberry plant can be used both fresh and dried for this beverage. If you’re making strawberry tea yourself, you’ll find there are many different ways you can prepare and enjoy this drink. First, you must consider the leaves carefully. Fresh strawberry leaves will offer more nutrients than dried ones. Look for leaves that are completely intact with no blemishes or signs of mold. Do not use leaves that are wilting as these can make you ill. Wash the leaves gently but thoroughly before you use them.
To make a rich and delicious tea from fresh strawberry leaves, steep them in hot water for about 5 minutes. The longer you steep the leaves, the stronger your tea will taste. For added flavor, stir in about a tablespoon of cream and a few drops of honey. You can also use milk and sugar, though the flavor won’t be as rich. This strawberry leaf tea is a soothing drink you can enjoy any time. Serve strawberry tea at your next tea time with friends and watch their delight at the new and unusual flavor. Have a summer party themed entirely around this plant and serve strawberry dishes, too.
If you’re looking for a healthy, low-calorie treat for children, cool your strawberry leaf tea and pour it into molds to make ice pops. Many summer treats are filled with sugar, food coloring and artificial flavors. This will give your kids a tasty treat that has none of these additives. You can drop a few slices of fresh strawberries or other fruits into the molds as well for a decorative and delicious touch. Strawberry leaf tea is often used to treat diarrhea in children due to its mild anti-diarrheal properties. Keeping these tasty treats on hand could be useful in more ways than one.
Strawberry leaf tea also makes a refreshing summer beverage when served over ice. If you can’t stand the thought of a hot drink on a hot day, make your strawberry leaf tea ahead of time and allow it to cool. Serve the tea over ice alone, or mix it in with another beverage for an interesting twist. Try strawberry tea with a splash of lemonade to balance the sweet with tart. Add strawberry leaf tea to your traditional sweet tea or unsweetened tea for a touch of fruity flavor. Whether you drink it alone or in a cocktail, you’ll enjoy the healthy properties of this tea.