Pineapple Weed (Matricaria discoidea) is a close relative of Chamomile, and like its name suggest, has a sweet pineapple aroma when the flowers are crushed. Brewed with a little honey and this makes a delicious tea with a nice calming effect.
Pineapple Weed is cosmopolitan and can be found growing just about anywhere. Like Chamomile it has been noted throughout the ages as having medicinal properties. Use moderately when trying Pineapple Weed for the first time, especially if you’ve had a bad experience with Chamomile.
Fresh flowers can be made into tea, however drying them first will help extract more of the flavor when brewed.
By twisting the dried flowers between my fingers I remove the flower from its stem. A French Press is filled with about 2tbsp of dried herb as I wait for the water to come to a boil.
Once the boiling water is poured into the French Press the anticipation can be tantalizing but its completely worth the wait. Steep for 10 minutes and this tea is ready to be enjoyed.
What does it taste like? Well… what’s its name?
You got it :}
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