Pineapple Weed Tea

Pineapple Weed is a member of the aster family, it is easily overlooked because it lacks petals.

March 21, 2016 | | Drinks

Nikki Pineau, one of my dinner guests and Kevin Brunner’s partner, introduced the other guests at our foraged meal to pineapple weed tea. Its mild herbal taste with a hint of fruitiness was a hit.

Also known as wild chamomile, pineapple weed is yet another useful “weed” that grows lustily, especially along old gravel pathways in full sun. Though a member of the aster family, it is easily overlooked because it lacks petals. It looks a little like a small daisy with all its petals plucked.

Kevin and Nikki cut and air dry the pineapple weed flower heads before storing them in a canning jar. Like Kevin’s relationship with maple syrup, his connection with pineapple weed tea hearkens back to childhood, when his mom would give it to him to help soothe a sore stomach. Pineapple weed tea, sweetened with a little honey, still brings him comfort today. Kevin sips it on cold rainy days that keep him indoors.

Pineapple Weed Tea

Serves

6

Prep Time

Foraging

Cook Time

10

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of dried whole pineapple weed flower heads

Instructions

  1. Place about 1/3 cup of dried whole pineapple weed flower heads in a tea infuser and allow them to steep for about 10 minutes in enough hot water to make six cups of tea.

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