Goldenrod Tea is a soothing, herbal, late-Summer to Fall hot 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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Hi Everyone, did you know that you can make a delicious tea from Goldenrod (Solidago)?
Yes, Goldenrod, the plant which is thought of the bain of many late-Summer-Autumn allergy sufferers and often confused with ragweed which is an entirely different plant.
The cut leaves and flowers have a sweet, “anise-like” scent that gives the tea its flavor.
I have included some helpful information about Goldenrod in this post.
Is Goldenrod edible?
Yes, it is, all aerial parts of the plant, mainly the leaves and flowers are edible.
Goldenrod has a number of health benefits! Here are some of them below along with photos of Goldenrod plants in my yard that I forage from.
What is Goldenrod?
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.
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.
What is Goldenrod Tea good for?
It is used as an anti-inflammatory.
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
Is Goldenrod the same as ragweed?
No, though often confused, it is not the same plant species.
- 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
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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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How do you take Goldenrod?
I take it mainly as a tea, I have included some recipes and recipe inspiration below:
Goldenrod Recipe Inspiration
If you need some Goldenrod recipe inspiration, here’s a list of recipes to get you going:
- Goldenrod Iced Tea
- Goldenrod Lemonade
- Goldenrod Iced Coffee
- Goldenrod Simple Syrup
- Goldenrod Arnold Palmer
- You can use the Goldenrod flowers to garnish salads
If you try this Goldenrod 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, thank you for reading and following along!
This Goldenrod Tea post was originally published on 10/7/2019; it was updated and republished on 10/14/2020, 8/10/2021
- Goldenrod leaves and young, soon to open flowers
- hot water
- 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.
- I use about 16 leaves and flowers (mixed) per cup, the amount does not have to be exact
- You can also cut the top 12 inches of the plant and use that; make sure not to use any brown or wilted plant parts/flowers
- Rinse the leaves/flowers before use
- To Make Goldenrod Iced Tea: Goldenrod Iced Tea
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best.