The Potentilla, or cinquefoil plant are those shrub like plants with the distinctive yellow flowers that are common throughout North America and can, when combined with some sprigs from a Black Spruce tree, produce a very distinctive, and pleasant tasting cup of tea.
- 4 cups wate
- ¾ cup Potentilla leaves (green leaves only)
- 4 – 4” Black Spruce sprigs
Bring water to a boil, then add the Potentilla leaves and Spruce sprigs.
Boil for approximately 5 minutes, or until the water turns a light tinge of green.
Remove from the fire and let steep for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon remove the leaves and Spruce sprigs and serve.
NOTE: This plant, together with Black Spruce trees are common throughout North America, so you don't have to be in the Arctic to enjoy a cup of this delicious tea. If you like you tea on the sweet side, sugar or a few drops of honey would not go amiss with this brew.
Special thanks to professional fishing guide Josh Gelinas, for brewing up a pot of this tea at shore lunch and for sharing the recipe.