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Calicogirl
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Sharon
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Posted - Jun 22 2009 :  08:09:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure if I should post this here or not.

Has anyone dried rose or peony petals for tea? If so, can you tell me if there are certain varieties that are best and what amounts you used? A recipe perhaps? I would sure appreciate any help or advice.

Thanks!

~Sharon

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katmom
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Grace
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Posted - Jun 22 2009 :  8:46:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow, what a great question Sharon...
My rule of thumb for using plants for tea is to NOT use any pesticides on the plants if I am going to use them for cooking or tea.
I would think that you can dry rose petals the same as any herb, just hang & dry or seperate the petals & let dry on a paper towel. I know some people us their microwave to dry their herbs so maybe you can use the same idea on your rose petals.
As for the Peonys,,,,I had no idea they were edible,,,interesting...I will have to research this....
Maybe Alee has some info,,,she is a wealth of knowledge...

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Calicogirl
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Sharon
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Posted - Jun 23 2009 :  3:48:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Grace,

I've got them drying right now, I just wasn't sure about quantities for tea recipes or certain varieties. I don't know for sure if peonies are edible, I have seen peony teas so I would think so?

~Sharon

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Julia
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Julia
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Posted - Jun 23 2009 :  10:52:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
peony tea can refer to green teas that are made into what is called blooming teas. the tea leaves are tied together tightly and open up when hot water is poured on them. I would make sure that the actual flower is edible.

I have a black tea that has been dried with rose buds. I have made it myself using old fashion, very fragrant roses. one rose would scent 8 oz of black tea, less rose for green tea as it is milder. Just have fun and experiment. And like Grace said, make sure the petals are pesticide free.

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Julia
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Julia
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Posted - Jun 23 2009 :  11:04:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Sharon, look what I found on the web!

Peony - In China the fallen petals are parboiled and sweetened as a tea-time delicacy. Peony water was used for drinking in the middle ages. Add peony petals to your summer salad or try floating in punches and lemonades.



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Calicogirl
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Sharon
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Posted - Jun 24 2009 :  07:01:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Julia!

I have some blooming or blossoming teas a friend gave me, so neat!

I guess I will just research more and figure out what varieties would be best (if any) I do know that they need to be pesticide free :)

I will have fun and will let you girls know what I come up with :)

~Sharon

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Julia
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Julia
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Posted - Jun 24 2009 :  11:50:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I look forward to hear about your results!

For tomorrow and its needs I do not pray, but keep me, guide me, love me, Lord just for today.
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