Linden Tea, anyone?
I noticed some weird papery-looking, leafy things in a box in MC’s house the other day. Being a nosy git, I went over and poked at them. They looked a little like cape gooseberries, but without the berry part.
What are they? I asked. Fleurs de Tilleul, I was told. I already knew that tilleul is the French word for a linden tree, but I had no idea what one would do with their flowers.
What do you do with them? I asked. Make a tisane, I was told. Would I like some? Cool, why not! I love trying new things.
We went outside and Georges chopped a few branches off the linden tree that grows up against the front wall of the house. Each branch was heavy with flowers. The scent is wonderful – a fresh, green smell which is not too strong and not too sweet.
And I spent the afternoon of my birthday sitting in the shade, pulling the flowers off those branches. This is what a single flower looks like :
The leafy-looking thing is actually part of the flower. I think it’s called a sepal?
This tisane stuff had better be nice. I’ve got a lot of it to get through.