Goldenrod Iced Tea is a cool, soothing, herbal, late-Summer to Fall cold, tea drink. The cut leaves and flowers have a sweet, “anise-like” scent that gives the tea its flavor. Enjoy it alone or with honey or your favorite sweetener.
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Goldenrod Iced Tea
Hi Everyone, did you know that you can make a delicious iced tea from Goldenrod? Yes, Goldenrod, the plant which is the bain of many late-Summer-Autumn allergy sufferers!
*make sure you have a positive ID on the goldenrod if you are new to the herb, I link to a field guide that I use for foraging wild edibles. I also use the Picture This app for plant identification.
The cut leaves and flowers have a sweet, “anise-like” scent that gives the tea it’s flavor.
As quoted from Wikipedia:
Solidago, commonly called goldenrods, is a genus of about 100 to 120 species of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. Most are herbaceous perennial species found in open areas such as meadows, prairies, and savannas.
Goldenrod has a number of health benefits.
As quoted from wildediblefood.com:
“Most Goldenrod plants average 1 metre in height. … Edible parts: All aerial parts of the plant can be used. The flowers are edible and make attractive garnishes on salads. Flowers and leaves (fresh or dried) are used to make tea.”
As quoted from rxlist.com:
Goldenrod is used to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and to stop muscle spasms. It is also used for gout, joint pain (rheumatism), arthritis, as well as eczema and other skin conditions.
According to healthline.com:
the antioxidant activity of goldenrod is more than that of green tea and vitamin C ( 1 , 9 , 10 , 11 ). The flavonoid antioxidants and other plant compounds in goldenrod also have anti-inflammatory benefits
INGREDIENTS FOR GOLDENROD Iced TEA
- goldenrod leaves and young flowers *make sure you have a positive ID on the goldenrod if you are new to the herb, I have mentioned in this post a field guide that I use for foraging wild edibles.
- hot water
- optional: honey or sugar or other desired sweetener for sweetening the tea
- *see more ingredient options in the recipe card at the end of the post
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HELPFUL KITCHEN TOOLS FOR GOLDENROD TEA
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- T-sac for steeping the tea or metal mesh tea infuser
- tea kettle for boiling water
- teapot for steeping *if making by the teapot
- heat safe mug or teacup
- spoon, optional
- honey dipper, if using honey
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GOLDENROD RECIPE INSPIRATION
If you need some Goldenrod recipe inspiration, here’s a list of recipes to get you going:
- Goldenrod Tea (Hot)
- Goldenrod Lemonade
- Goldenrod Simple Syrup
- Goldenrod Arnold Palmer
- Goldenrod Coffee (Hot) or Goldenrod Iced Coffee
- You can use the Goldenrod flowers to garnish salads and other recipes/dishes
- Goldenrod Cake
- Goldenrod Scones
- Goldenrod Cupcakes
- Goldenrod Chia Pudding
- Goldenrod Panna Cotta
- Goldenrod Coffee Creamer
- What would you make using Goldenrod? Let me know in the comments below?
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If you make this Goldenrod Iced Tea recipe and like it, please rate the recipe in the recipe card below and let us know in the comments at the end of the post.
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Thank you for reading and following along!
- 2 tablespoons (approximately) Goldenrod leaves and young, soon to open flowers
- 8 ounces hot water
- sugar, honey or sweetener of choice, amount to taste
- milk or non-dairy milk
- extra goldenrod sprig(s), for garnishing, washed and clean
- lemon slices, optional *not recommended, if adding milk because it will curdle the milk
- Chill a glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Bring water to a boil in a tea kettle.
- Place prepared Goldenrod leaves and young flowers in a tea sac.
- Pour hot water over the t-sac, cover and allow to steep for 10 minutes. When the tea is done steeping, remove the T-sac and add any desired sugar, honey or sweetener, and optional milk/non-dairy milk at this point and stir to combine.
- Take out the chilled glass, add ice, add the tea. Garnish with a goldenrod sprig, optional lemon slices, if you wish and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 605Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 509mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 35g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best.