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White Clover Tea and My Online Foraging Journal

This will be a great way for me to keep track of what comes into season and when– at least in Casco Bay area Maine.

Yesterday I woke up with an urge to forage. At eight in the morning, I walked the perimeter of our front lawn scouting for something delectable.

White Clover for foraging on our front lawn

White Clover for foraging on our front lawn

After one time around the border, I picked and washed fresh white clover to brew tea. It was as simple as plucking the stems from the heads and plopping the delectable flower in boiling water.

White Clover Flowers for tea

White Clover Flowers for tea

I left it there for an hour or two, added one sprig of mint from our garden and left the mixture in the fridge to chill.

Today, voila!

No, this is not pond water -- it is white clover tea and it tastes yummy!

No, this is not pond water — it is white clover tea and it tastes yummy!

I always panic a little immediately after ingesting one of my foraged items, so I quickly searched again online for verification that I hadn’t poisoned myself or anyone else, and found this blog, “Along The Garden Path” and additional description, “Peterson Field Guide of Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs” American Indians adopted leaf tea for colds, coughs , fevers and leukorrhea. In European folk medicine, flower tea is used for rheumatism and gout. Like Red Clover, and probably most clovers, White Clover contains the estrogenic isoflavone genistein, with a multitude of activities, including cancer-preventative and antioxidant activity.”

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