Discover the Delightful World of Fig Leaf Tea

Do you ever find yourself yearning for a soothing cup of tea, but worry about the potential harmful effects of microplastics found in commercial tea bags? Look no further than fig leaf tea! This unique and earthy beverage not only provides a refreshing alternative to traditional teas but also offers a plastic-free option that you can easily make right at home.

Embracing a Plastic-Free Lifestyle

By opting for loose-leaf tea like fig leaf tea, you can avoid the risk of ingesting microplastics commonly found in tea bags. Many tea bags are made with plastic sealants or contain plastic fibers, and even those labeled as “silky” are plastic in disguise. Just imagine the billions of microplastics released into your cup with each sip. Although the impact of consuming these petroleum-based products is still uncertain, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Harvesting the Freshness of Fig Leaves

If you’re lucky enough to have a fig tree nearby, you can easily forage the leaves to make your own fig leaf tea. These trees are often found growing abundantly, particularly in regions like Northern California. Surprisingly, our fig tree sprouted as if it were a gift from a sneaky critter who dropped a treat in our backyard. The critter seems to return when the figs ripen, leaving us with a small harvest every year.

When gathering fig leaves (or figs themselves), it’s important to wear gloves as the milky white sap that oozes from the leaves and unripe fruit may cause a skin rash for some individuals. Safety first!

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Fig tree growing among other trees in a yard

From Leaf to Cup: Brewing Fig Leaf Tea

With a bunch of freshly picked fig leaves in hand, it’s time to transform them into a delightful cup of tea. Start by giving the leaves a thorough triple wash, ensuring they are clean and ready for use. You can save the water you used to wash them and put it to good use in your garden.

To dry the leaves, you have a few options. You can either place them in the oven at a low temperature of 200°F for 30 minutes, or if you’ve just finished baking bread, simply turn off the oven and let the residual heat work its magic. Alternatively, if you have a solar food dehydrator, the leaves will dry beautifully in it.

Once the leaves are crisp and dry, gently crush them with your hands. Heat some fresh water, fill an infuser with about a tablespoon of crushed fig leaves, and brew yourself a cup of fig leaf tea. The flavor profile is reminiscent of mild green tea, with a delightful grassy and earthy aroma.

Many fig leaves are arranged on a cooling rack set inside baking sheets. The baking sheets are sitting on a dark wooden background.

A Staple of Sustainable Living

You might be surprised to learn that a total of 35 fig leaves can produce the equivalent of around 20 tea bags. This means not only can you enjoy the delightful taste of fig leaf tea, but you can also save some money in the process. It’s a win-win situation!

Hands crushing dried fig leaves into small bits

Join the Fig Leaf Tea Revolution

As you embark on your journey to embrace a plastic-free lifestyle and enjoy the unique flavors of fig leaf tea, don’t forget to share this delightful experience with others. Spread the word about the benefits of homemade tea, and perhaps even consider foraging fig leaves or planting your very own fig tree.

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So why wait? Step into a world of sustainable tea brewing with fig leaf tea and savor the natural goodness it brings to your well-deserved tea breaks.

Discover more sustainable living tips and delicious recipes in my award-winning cookbook. Taste Canada silver for single-subject cookbooks, second-place Gourmand cookbook award in the category of food waste, and shortlisted for an award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.