Wild flower teas

Preparation info

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A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

By Elisabeth Luard

Published 2011

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Fresh and dried wild flowers make soothing infusions, whose medicinal properties were understood and valued by country housewives who needed to care for their families without calling for the doctor.


  • Flower-heads (camomile, elderflower, meadowsweet), picked on a dry day in a clean place


To dry the flower-heads, don’t wash them – just shake to remove insects or debris, and spread on clean newspaper. Leave in a warm, airy corner till the flowers are completely dehydrated. Discard the stalks and store the flowers in a glass jar in a dark place to preserve the colour and fragrance.

To make an infusion, allow 1 tablespoon dried flowers to 500 ml boiling water. Camomile enco