Tea or Tisane . . .

Annisquam Herb Farm Spearmint tisaneThe short answer: A tisane is a herbal infusion made from anything other than the leaves of the tea bush.

Ti·sane - Pronunciation: ti-'zan, -'zän, noun, an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for medicinal effects.

From Dictionary.com

Then . . . what is tea?

Tea is made from the leaves of the shrub, Camellia sinensis.

Tea - Pronunciation: (tē), noun, the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Camellia sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is prepared by infusion in hot water.

Brew a tisane

A tisane can be made from fresh or dried plant materials.

The mint family is a good place to start experimenting. For example, collect a handful of spearmint leaves. Add them to your teapot. Pour boiling water in and let steep.

A very full-bodied brew for an afternoon respite!

A great blog post in the praise of tisanes!
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1 comment:

  1. Have tried melissa (lemon balm) and nepeta cataria (catnip). Like the melissa better. Spearmint is very good - more full bodied than either or a tea like red rose.