Eating mushrooms can help provide you with a plethora of health benefits. These benefits include improving immunity, heart health, and bone strength. However, not everyone loves the taste or texture of eating mushrooms.
What are these people to do? Drink mushrooms of course.
People have been drinking tea in order to get the most essential nutrients from plants for thousands of years. And mushroom tea is no exception.
While drinking tea from mushrooms may sound like an odd concept, it’s actually quite simple and delicious. So continue reading and we’ll walk you through the best ways to make mushroom tea.
Recipe #1: Licorice Mushroom Tea
When making mushroom tea, it’s a good idea to include different herbs and spices to get a more tasty flavor. Let’s go over some herbs and the other ingredients you’ll need.
First off, you’ll need your mushrooms. Next, you’ll need a small number of herbs and spice.
You can choose things like fresh ginger or mint if you want to calm your stomach. If you have a sore throat, then try some cinnamon or cloves.
Next, grab some organic licorice tea. Licorice spice teas are also good.
You’ll also want a small squeeze from a fresh orange. Don’t add too much, but this squeeze will add a nice round flavor and some acidity.
You also might want to add some damiana. Damiana is a stimulating herb that also acts as an aphrodisiac.
First off, you’re going start by boiling a pot of water. You’re going to want three cups of water boiling per person drinking.
While you’re waiting for the water to heat up, go ahead and chop up your mushrooms. Put those chopped mushrooms in a small ceramic bowl or teapot with a spout.
Now, you’re going to want to grab your favorite herbs. Less is definitely more here. You should try experimenting more and more after each new time you make mushroom tea so you don’t overwhelm yourself the first time you try it.
It’s best to work with herbs that you’re familiar with at the start.
Now, pour one cup of hot/almost boiling water over the mushroom/spice mixture in the teapot. Wait about ten minutes for it to steep.
You can use this time to meditate and get relaxed. Some people like to listen to meditative and mellow music while they prepare their mushroom tea.
After the ten minutes are up, pour your mushroom tea into a cup. Strain the liquid with a tea strainer. You can also purchase a little teapot that comes with its own strainer built into it.
Now, pour another cup of hot water over the wet mushrooms. Then, drink your mushroom tea slowly. Relax into the taste and savor all of the flavors.
Drinking tea is as much about ritual and appreciation as it is about the flavor of the tea itself.
Wait around five to ten minutes and then strain your second cup. Then, pour another half a cup of water over your mushrooms to start your third extraction.
Drink your second cup and save your third for later. With this recipe, you’re sure to be coming back for more.
Recipe #2: Honey Tea
This is the most basic kind of mushroom tea out there, sweetened up a bit. First, what you’re going to want to do is cut your mushrooms up into small pieces. The smaller your pieces are, the more the flavor and nutrients will infuse into the tea.
Boil a few cups of water. Then, wait a few minutes so that the water can cool a bit. You want your water to be hot but not boiling hot.
Place your chopped mushrooms into a tea infuser and the hot water over them. Let the mushrooms steep in the hot water for ten to fifteen minutes. Make sure to stir the mixture every few minutes.
Strain the tea into your drinking cup. Then, just add a few drops of honey and enjoy!
If you really want to get as many nutrients as possible from the mushrooms, you can repeat the process one more time with the mushroom pieces that you filtered out from your first cup. You’ll end up with a highly concentrated and healthy cup of mushroom tea.
Recipe #3: Lemon Tea
This variation of mushroom tea uses fresh lemon juice to add some zest to the tea experience. Lemon juice will also help ease your stomach and the acidity can even help to strengthen some of the health benefits that mushrooms provide.
First, cut up your mushrooms. The smaller they are, the more surface area you’ll be able to extract from. Put the mushrooms into a cup and add a few squeezes from a fresh lemon.
Let the mushrooms sit in the lemon juice for ten minutes, stir it occasionally.
Then, boil some water. After the water has boiled let it sit for a few minutes. After it’s cooled down a bit, pour it into the lemon mixture.
Let the mushrooms steep for around twenty minutes, making sure to stir every so often.
Which of These Mushroom Tea Recipes Will You Try?
As we can see, there are a variety of ways to make mushroom tea. But it should also be noted that there are no rules when making this kind of tea. Instead, figure out which ingredients work best for you.
Soon enough, you’ll be having a mushroom tea that you’ll be turning to again and again.
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