The Wild Cherry tree is native to the south-western United States. The dark outer bark is rough and separates easily from the trunk. Just under the outer bark, is the tender inner bark, which smells of bitter almonds when collected and is used for tea.
Wild Cherry has a long history of use and was a herb of importance to the Native Americans. Today, it can be found in many herbal preparations.
- Good water is an essential part of brewing a great cup of tea. We recommend using spring or filtered water.
- Be sure to relax! Some of the most enjoyable aspects of tea are the calmness and ritual that surround it.
- If you desire a medicinal tea: This herb has a tough cellular structure and some heat is required to release all of its medicinal properties and flavour. Use one tea bag per cup of hot water in a stainless steel or glass pot, cover, boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. This is known as the decoction method. Extra tea can be kept in a covered glass jar for a day or two in the refrigerator.
- If you desire a pleasure tea or quick brew, use one teabag per cup of hot water. Pour boiling water over teabags, cover, and let steep 5 to 7 minutes to taste. Enjoy!