We have strawberries growing in our garden. The delicious, juicy, organic berries taste more flavorful and amazing than any other strawberry I’ve tasted. There’s something about going into our backyard and picking fresh strawberries and then eating them within seconds that is just wonderful. Unfortunately, our strawberry raised bed is not very big, and it seems that every year we have many strawberry greens and leaves but not as many berries. It is super sad, but not much I can do at the moment as we really don’t have any extra room to plant more strawberry plants.
I don’t know what got in to me, but the other night I started wondering if the strawberry leaves are edible. A quick search indicated that they are not only edible, but highly nutritious! Imagine that, greens being good for you. 🙂
I brought some of the leaves inside, boiled some water, and steeped the strawberry leaves in the water for about 15 minutes. If you wanted a stronger tea, you could leave the mixture overnight in your refrigerator to maximize the benefits. Yum!
Strawberry Leaf Tea benefits
Strawberry leaves are high in trace minerals, iron, and vitamin c. They also contain high levels of calcium, making it a great source for those who are lactose intolerant or just avoid dairy. If you’re allergic to strawberries, I would definitely avoid the strawberry leaf tea.
Make sure you use either completely dry leaves or very green leaves. Anything in between can be toxic, and it’s not a good idea to risk your health. I would make sure that you use organic strawberry leaves so you aren’t drinking a ton of pesticides and other chemicals.
It’s always neat to find out a new home remedy. Who would have thought strawberry leaves would be good to make a tea out of?!
Would you try strawberry leaf tea?