The concept couldn't be more simple: put some herbs in water, let them shed their flavor and drink up. Anna Morton and Emily Erb founded Leaves and Flowers, a Berkeley based tea company that celebrates locally sourced ingredients to make both tea and herbal blends. There's no better example of local flavor than the tangy tips of the Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Anna and Emily harvest the tips in late spring for an herbal blend they call Forest (find it on leavesandflowers.co).
Anna and Emily have developed a method to blending teas and they thoughtfully create new herbal blends but one of my favorite take aways was learning about sun tea. Sun tea is what it sounds like - it's tea that steeps in the heat of the sun rather than with hot water.
Doug Fir Sun Tea
Fresh Doug Fir tips and Meyer Lemon leaves made for a lovely sun tea.
a handful of fresh Douglas Fir tips
a few Meyer Lemon leaves
2 -3 cups water
Combine the herbs in a jar of water and leave to steep in the sun for as long as you like. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavor.
Strain and drink or store for later.