There’s a parsley bush in the backyard.
It’s like a short, squat, and dense privacy wall. The cat is using it as a fortress from which to ambush vagrant birds.
Parsley is one of those herbs that is fantastic to have around, but easy to have too much of. It’s usually inexpensive to purchase, even in large quantities, and it’s also incredibly easy to grow! So easy, in fact, that sometimes you wind up with a raised bed full of it! Rather than wasting the extra sprigs, here’s an idea for an unbelievably healthy fresh parsley tea with totally fresh tea leaves that winds up being even cheaper than any dried tea leaves you might purchase at the store!
The last few days here in Napa have been just unbelievably gorgeous. We had more rain recently than we’ve had in recent years, and then we just had three or four days of vibrantly sunny days in the high 70s. Yesterday, the wind started to blow with more and more intensity, the temperature dropped, and suddenly last night it was pouring rain again! Today, however, is going from rain to sun and back to rain, followed by more sunshine pushing its way through. Welcome to rainbow season!
The best and most interesting thing about this weather, though, has to be what it’s doing to my garden! My plants are thriving, and the herbs are exploding! Honestly, I didn’t know you could have parsley bushes! The amount of thyme and chives out back are pretty reasonable, if not slightly excessive, but there are areas of lemon balm, mint, and parley out there that could keep a small city in herbs for weeks!
Over two feet tall and pushing its way out of half of the raised bed it’s supposed to be confined to, the parsley growth over the last two weeks alone has been reason enough to start coming up with creative ways to use bushels of fresh herbs. Certainly pestos, oils, and purees make sense, as well as simply tossing handfuls of fresh parsley into beans, pastas, and vegetables, but what about less obvious uses? Because the mint and lemon balm work so perfectly for fresh herb teas, using the parsley for tea leaves sounded like an interesting possibility. It isn’t something that I normally think of using parsley for, so I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t actually a bad idea and looked it up.Lo and behold, it's totally healthy! Click To Tweet
Lo and behold, it’s totally healthy! Hailed as a “cleansing tea,” Natural News says it’s an effective antioxidant, diuretic (maybe not something you’re looking for, unless you want to try to reduce bloating), and herbalists use it to help with nerves, kidneys, and join problems! There are sites that list tons of benefits of this tea, and some even claim that it has helped them clear their skin problems. It even has health benefits listed on WebMD! Since it’s so cheap and easy to grow and find at the store, it seemed silly not to share this simple and beneficial happy accident cleansing parsley tea with fresh green parsley tea leaves! (Obviously, I’m not a doctor, so this is clearly not actually medical advice, just cool information that I’ve stumbled across.) Parsley itself is often referred to as one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It’s impossible not to send you in the direction of the parsley listing on the World’s Healthiest Foods, where you can find nutritional information and a ton of information on the benefits of eating fresh parsley.
I found a few recipes that call for chopped parsley which is then strained out, but it was even easier to simply leave the parsley on the stem and then use the stems to pull out the leaves, essentially turning the parsley sprigs into their own tea bag and tea leaves combo! There is a slightly stronger taste to the stem than the leaves alone, but it was a good and not overwhelming flavor. The lemon is totally optional, but the brightness and acidity make the tea even tastier and, of course, lemon adds even more health benefits to an already super healthy tea. Believe it or not, this is a fresh and delicious lightly-flavored tea, even with the stems!
Once you remove the parsley, you have a clear, healthy, and refreshing tea that is absolutely perfect hot or iced! It just tastes light, fresh, green, and healthy.
Super Healthy Cleansing Parsley Tea: Fresh Tea Leaves for Health!
- 4-5 sprigs of parsley, washed thoroughly
- 1/4-1/2 lemon
- 3 cups water, nearly boiling
- 1 tsp honey, optional
- Heat your water to just below boiling.
- Place the lemon and parsley in your cup (or mason jar...), making sure that the stems are above the rim of the cup.
- Carefully holding the stems (out of the way of the hot water and steam), gently pour the hot water over the parsley and lemon.
- Let steep for five minutes, remove parsley and lemon. Stir in honey, if using.
- Serve hot or iced!
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