One of my most absolutely popular teas!
It starts with a visit to my backyard Pine trees. I stop and listen closely for any whisperings as the wind slowly (or briskly) travels through. Of course I always thank the trees, and then carefully prune just a few sprigs to start a batch of Pine Needle Chai. I let them sit for a few days to reduce the sappiness.
Using my sharp garden scissors (Joyce Chen brand) I snip tiny snips of their fine needles into my grandmother's yellow Pyrex bowl.
In the meantime, I roast chopped Dandelion root to deepen its flavor. Once it is cool, the craft begins.
I mix the Pine needles and roasted root, then cinnamon, ginger, anise, cloves and my favorite cardamom. I add pink and white pepper corns for both colorful delight, and for their herbal qualities.
Not only do you get an amazing cup of caffeine-free, rich flavored tea, it is also an infusion of powerful herbal allies! Nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory.
Add some local honey to sweeten the deal, and elevate even further the nourishing goodness of this special blend.
Blessings and Joy,