Country of Origin: Germany
Region: Black Forest
Shipping Port: Hamburg
Grade: Cut Leaves
Altitude: 500' ft. 1000' ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Traditional
Cup Characteristics: Sweet lovely hints of cherry and mandarins. Smooth fruity finish
Infusion: Light cup with hints of sunrise yellow
Ingredients: Luxury linden petals
Which flower do you think of when you think of love? Most people say roses, but if you were a medieval German, you would probably have said linden. Germanic mythology held that the linden tree, its leaves and flowers were symbols of love. In fact, during the Middle Ages, the tree was actually known as the tree of love. Countless poems and sonnets were written, invoking linden's endorsement of all things amorous. One of the most famous was written by Walther von der Vogelweide (11701230). He writes:
Under der linden, an der heide, d unser zweier bette was, d mugt ir vindenschne beide gebrochen bluomen unde gras.
For those of you who don't speak German, that's:
Under the lime tree, on the open field, where we two had our bed, you still can see lovely both broken flowers and grass.
Hot stuff! (For the 12th century.) In addition to feeding the flames of passion, Linden was believed to calm the mind and prepare the body for sleep.
Modern herbalists consider Linden to be an antispasmodic, a sedative remedy that can relieve tension and sinus pressure. The plant contains tannins, volatile oils and flavanoids that help improve circulation. It also has a mildly tranquilizing effect and During WWII became popular with soldiers as a tea. In many parts of Europe, particularly Eastern, Linden tea is still regularly served after meals. There are so many reasons to fall in love with linden. Which one will you choose?
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Hot tea brewing method: Use 1 heaping teaspoon of linden flowers per cup of water and place in your teapot. (You can also use a tea infuser if desired.) Infuse with boiling water and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Strain as you pour into your cup and savor one of nature's best offerings!
Iced tea brewing method (for one pitcher): (NOTE: Do Not Pour Hot Liquid directly into a Glass Pitcher) Put 6 teaspoons loose linden flowers into a 5-6 cup teapot. Infuse with boiling water and steep 5-7 minutes. Strain and pour gently into your pitcher. If you wish, you can add ice into the pitcher or pour over ice into a tall glass.