Foraging for Tea: Cowslip
I love to forage for tea! When I was little we did it together with my grandmother – Agafija. I thought it was hard work. The basket was too big and flowers were too small or not enough.
Yesterday I did it with my girls and their grandma (my mom) and suddenly I saw myself 30 years ago :). Generations have changed and some say that children aren’t the same as they were back then… but bring them to nature and you see – they are the same! Of course – those who grow in big cities and never seen a woods before need longer time to “be wild” again 🙂
My girls are just like Me – if we talk about Herbal tea foraging :). And I knew it so I was prepared. We had two wheels carriage with grandma power! And we were ready to forage for cowslip. The conditions were perfect:
- We had time.
- The day was sunny.
- Cowslips were blooming.
Our summerhouse’s nearest fields are full of cowslip. And this area is very clean. No need to drive anywhere.
- Harvest only in the sunny day.
- Only collect the part of the plant that you plan to use.
- Don’t over harvest.
- Avoid foraging rare and protected wild edible plants.
- Avoid toxic areas.
- Only forage plants that appear to be healthy.