In this video, from our Creativity & Calm in the Garden series with The Wellbeing Network, Kloe shows you how to forage for & make your own Springtime Wild Teas using the first flush of the seasons new growth. There’s really nothing better than a warming brew on a cold day. Even more thrilling though is to be able to enjoy one picked fresh from your garden. You might not think you have anything suitable for making tea from but almost every garden does! Watch to discover how to make a Morning Wake-up Tea using Nettles, Mint & Plantain as well as a Calming After-Dinner Evening Tea using Gorse blossom & Ginger.
Inspired to have a go & brew your own Springtime Wild Teas!? Before you head out, we just wanted to run through the key do’s & dont’s of foraging again:
Foraging for Wild Teas – The Basics
AVOID picking & eating:
- Diseased, dying or sick material. Warning signs include any foliage that’s yellow or brown in colour.
- Plants contaminated by chemical spraying, roadside pollution or dog/animal mess (avoid picking alongside popular paths below dog pee height)
- Anything that you’re not 100% sure you’ve identified correctly.
- You get the landowners permission to pick any material from private land
- You don’t overpick. Leave the majority of the leaves/flowers/berries for wildlife & move around to pick from different areas.
Please note: Two Green Shoots & its staff cannot be held responsible for any illness or injury caused by your foraging, collecting &/or eating/drinking of plant materials.
Want to learn more about the incredible world of wild teas!? Why not plan a visit to the Tea Garden on one of our Garden Tour & Feast experiences inside our showcase edible paradise – The Garden of Re-Imagination in Glengarriff, West Cork! You’ll get a chance to discover the stories behind the blend of native & exotic botanicals grown for making a range of fresh herbal teas & taste some of them too over a freshly prepared lunch feast. Click the button below for more information & to book this edible experience!