Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis show us how to take advantage of our outdoor plants by using them in food, beverages, cosmetics and other home remedies in HARVEST.
Anise hyssop tea is one of our favorite summer drinks. On hot days, it is incredibly refreshing and the subtle, smooth licorice taste is sweet all on its own without any added sweetener. Loved by Native Americans, this plant is said to relieve a dispirited heart, and can sooth the pain from coughing when you have a chest cold. A few stems added to a French press with boiling water is all you need to experience its benefits.
- Gently rinse the plant parts with cool water to remove dirt and debris. Fill a large French press halfway with the anise hyssop (leaves, stems, and flowers). Add the boiling water and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully press down the plunger. Pour the tea over ice into a pitcher or glass. Garnish with anise hyssop leaves and flowers to serve.
Reprinted with permission from HARVEST, by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis, copyright © 2017, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.