Good morning, dear tea friends! This morning I’m venturing off the tea path and onto the herbal path. In my cup is an herbal that is grown in Australia, called Lemon Myrtle.
As you can see, the leaf is chopped very fine, and causes a murky look to the steep. I think I’m going to use my filter papers the next time I make this. I used boiling point (212F) water and steeped for 6 minutes.
Found in the sub-tropical rainforests of Queensland, Australia, Lemon Myrtle is a tree that may be cultivated in a home garden where it will grow to about 1 1/2 – 2 feet. It grows a lot larger in the wild.
The aroma is fresh and lemony with a vegetal whisper. The flavor is quite lemony and tart with a smoothness that I wasn’t expecting in a citrus beverage. Personally, I might add a little sweetener to lessen the tartness.
Lemon Myrtle is a wonderful source of citral essential oil, known for its anti-microbial action.
This is a great caffeine-free herbal tea to enjoy when you don’t want the kick of caffeine!
As always, thanks for visiting and sharing a cup of tea with me. Next week I’m going to share a cup of a rich, chocolate-y China black.
Have a great week!