Makes 2 cups of tea
Time: 10 minutes
Nomadic tribes on the windswept Himalayan plateau consumed tea and other local herbs for warmth and strength throughout the winter season. To keep their families healthy, they relied on the wisdom of traditional herbalists who knew which plants to use for which season, condition and ailment.
This recipe was inspired by a street tea I had in Lijiang, China in December. It combines two nutritive superfoods from the Himalayan region with your own local honey and fresh lemon juice to make a warming and strengthening tonic that will get you through until spring.
The goji berry, or Chinese wolfberry (枸杞子), has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years to nourish the liver, kidneys and lungs. Specifically, it was known for antiaging, eyesight and general wellbeing. Mmodern scientific research conducted by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has recently shown that people who consume Goji berries report:
increased levels of energy, athletic performance, quality of sleep, focus, mental activity, calmness, contentment, general wellbing and reduced levels of fatigue and stress.
You will need:
1.25 cups water
.75 cups apple cider or juice
1 teaspoon goji berries
4 teaspoons Himalayan Mountain Green tea
3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 teaspoons local honey
Bring the water, apple cider and goji berries to a boil
Remove from heat for 3 minutes
Bring pot to medium heat and add green tea, lemon juice, honey.
Stir well and steep for 4 minutes.
Strain into 2 cups
Serve with a few goji beries in each cup and a slice of lemon