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.
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.
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.
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.”