Blackberry Leaf Tea: Sweet and Super
Blackberry leaves have a pleasant, fruity flavor when used as an herbal tea. They have the widest and most varied origin of any fruit crop and were used in Europe as a food and medicine at least 2,000 years ago. The health benefits of blackberries extend far and wide: Greeks used them to treat gout; followers of Wiccan religions believe blackberry leaves return evil to the enemies who sent it; and 10th century Arab physicians considered it an aphrodisiac. Modern believers say the blackberry plant is a “superfood,” rich with vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.
A Bit of History
The strawberry plant is native to North America where the Native Americans used the root, leaf and fruit. In fact, the Iroquois even had a festival in honor the plant. The North American strawberry was distinctly small and bountiful; the large strawberry we know today is the result of war, exploration, colonization and trade throughout the 1700s and 1800s.