Minty Lemongrass Orange Tea

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Dried rose hips are available from Aphrodisia at 212-989-6440 or from www.artscraftsgifts.com. This recipe takes a minimum of 5 days to prepare.
MAKES ABOUT 5 CUPS OF LOOSE TEA

Ingredients

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3 large oranges (preferably Temples), peels only, torn into 3- to 4-inch-long strips, white pith removed with a small knife
1 1/4 pounds lemongrass, bottom half cut off and frozen for another use
2 bunches spearmint (about 6 ounces), leaves removed
2 ounces dried rose hips

Preparation

1. Spread the orange peels, lemongrass and spearmint on racks or screens set over baking sheets. Set in a dry, dark place until dried but not brittle, 5 to 10 days, depending on the humidity.

2. Using scissors, cut the orange peels and lemongrass into 1-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Lightly crush the spearmint leaves and add to the bowl along with the rose hips; toss gently. Pack the tea in small tins.

Make Ahead: The tea can be kept in airtight tins for up to 3 months.

Created date

June 2004