Also called ironwort and in greek σιδερίτης (sideritis), herbal tea made from a single variety of the sideritis plant. It has a floral, earthy, slightly sweet, and mild taste to it. Resembles a blend of mint, chamomile, and citrus. Hippocrates, hailed its benefits for the immune and respiratory systems. In Greece today, mountain tea is consumed most often in the winter, to combat the common cold and flu.
sideritis / mountain tea / ironwort
Step 1: Prepare the pot
To make a perfect cup of mountain tea, and to extract all of its health benefits, use all parts of the plant, including the stems, leaves, and flowers. Starting with a bunch of mountain tea, take two to three stems per cup of tea. Break the stems and place in a small pot along with 8 to 10 fluid ounces of water for each cup of tea.
Step 2: Bring to a boil
Place the pot on your stove over medium high heat, with the lid on. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for anywhere from one to three minutes. A longer simmer will produce a stronger cup of tea.
Important: Keep the lid on your pot at all times, which prevents the beneficial essential oils found in mountain tea from escaping with the steam.
Step 3: Steep and strain
After simmering, turn off the heat and allow the tea to steep for at least two minutes with the lid on. Did you forget about it? No problem — your tea can steep for 15 minutes or even longer without any hint of bitterness.
When preparing mountain tea in a pot this way, you can simply use a ladle to serve, as it is easy to strain out the solids. If there are lots of small bits in the pot, you can also pass the tea through a fine mesh strainer.
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