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Recipe: Lemon Spiced Pear Tea

Recipe by Alexis Siemons Photograph by Parker Fitzgerald

A recipe for foraged herbal tea, part of our feature, Herb Drying. Also see our recipe for Cardamon Blossoms.

As we settle into fall winds and winter chills, we often seek comfort in steamy sips. Reach for the summer harvest of dried herbs and flowers tucked away within the cabinet for an herbal infusion. Be sure to bring cold water (preferably filtered) to a full boil before steeping to help extract the oils lingering within the dried petals and leaves. If you don’t have a small teapot and infuser in your kitchen collection, simply use a large, unbleached paper filter bag (Finum brand recommended) in a pot on the stove. From spiced lemon flavors to the delicate depth of floral notes, these recipes are sure to sooth your mind, body and soil from the cold and awaken summer garden memories.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups cold water, preferably filtered
1 teaspoon dried lemon thyme
1 teaspoon dried lemon verbena
1 teaspoon dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons fresh pear, finely chopped
1 teaspoon wildflower honey

Method
Heat the cold water to a full boil. Place the lemon thyme, lemon verbena and lemon balm into the infuser of a small teapot.

Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let steep for 5 minutes while covered. Remove the infuser; reserve herbs and flowers for a second steep. (Increase second steep time to 6 minutes.)

Add herb-infused liquid to a pot on the stove over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add ginger and pear and reduce heat to low.

Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove ginger and pear, and stir in honey. Serve in two cups while still steaming. Increase second steep time to 6 minutes.

Serves 2

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