There are so many interesting teas out there in the world. Perhaps you love plain old’ iced tea like I do or you like white tea. Regardless of the type, I am always looking for new and interesting drink ideas.
I recently learned that people drink linseed tea and this piqued my interest. So if you are curious how to make it this is what you do.
Now I want to warn you in advance that this is a bit unusual. You will want to plan 24 hours in advance if you want to give this tea a try. That is a lot of work for some tea but some folks swear that there are real health benefits. I leave the reasons why to you but do let us know what you think.
What is linseed?
Linseed is essentially the same thing as flaxseed. It has many different uses ranging from animal feed, making clothing and sometimes people even use it to make tea. Generally when people use it for food products they actually call it flaxseed. When the seed is used for non-food related items it is generally referred to as linseed. However, for all intents and purposes, it is one in the same seed.
How to store linseed tea?
You can store freshly made linseed tea in a covered container in the fridge for 2 days. Consider reheating in a saucepan before serving it.
What to do with leftover linseeds?
If you are curious as to what on earth to do with those leftover linseeds after making tea, we have a great suggestion for you. Mix them into your smoothies. They are wonderful thickening up a smoothie and perfectly fine to consume.
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Tips on making linseed tea
- There are alternative methods for making this tea. If you are excited to give it a try you can bring it to a boil and then allow it simmer for 30 minutes. Next, you would strain it and drink it. It won’t be as rich but that may be even more pleasant.
- Considering adding in your favorite kind of tea to make your own special mix. If you don’t feel like this tea has enough flavor on its own, consider mixing in peppermint tea or any flavor that suits your taste.
- Consider adding in a piece of ginger as you cook the tea. It will enhance the aroma as it is cooking and add a lovely flavor.
- Consider stirring in a bit of honey and cinnamon as you pour your mug of hot tea.
- 2 T linseed (or flaxseed)
- 4 c water
- Add the seeds and water to a medium saucepan on medium heat.
- Allow the mixture to simmer but don’t bring it to a boil.
- Just before it starts to boil turn the pan off.
- Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and allow to sit overnight.
- The next morning bring to the mixture to a simmer once more.
- Turn it to the lowest heat setting and allow it to cook for one hour.
- Strain out the seeds.
- Serve the tea.