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Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes

Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes [Kindle Edition]

Cassie Liversidge
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Product Description

Homegrown Tea explains how to grow a large variety of plants in your own garden, on a balcony or even on a window sill could become your tea cupboard. It shows you how to grow your tea from seeds, cuttings, or small plants, as well as which parts of the plant are used to make tea. Liversidge lays out when and how to harvest your plants, as well as information on how to prepare the plant, including how to dry tea leaves to make tea you can store to last you throughout the year. As a guide to using tea to make you feel better, there are nutritional and medicinal benefits. Finally, there is an illustrated guide to show how to make up fresh and dried teabags and how to serve a delicious homegrown tea. It is sustainable way to look at a beverage, which is steeped in history and tradition.

Sample drinks include well-known plants such as rose hips, mint, sage, hibiscus, and lavender, as well as more obscure ones like chicory, angelica, apple geranium, and lemon verbena.

About the Author

CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied Fine Art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parent's plant nursery where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Grow Your Own Pasta Sauce came from a desire to share her passion for eating home grown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends two months of the year in New York.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12466 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (25 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8GUML8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Dec 2014
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The book proved to be a very interesting and welcome birthday gift
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Refreshing as a Cup of Tea 19 Jun 2014
By Story Circle Book Reviews - Published on
Being a long-time practicing herbalist, I am not easily impressed by books on herbs. More often than not it seems as though writers rely on what others have written, regurgitating the same information again and again without adding much, if any, new material from their own understanding, practice, and experience.

Not so with Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes. The author, Cassie Liversidge, has provided a book that is as refreshing as hibiscus tea on a hot summer afternoon, combining scientific information, traditional and folklore traditions, and her own experiences with each plant she features.

Liversidge begins with tea, both black and green, and the goes on to explore various alternatives to that most traditional of beverages, such as lemon balm, blueberries, and honeysuckle. Odd as it is, I had never really thought of trying to grow actual tea plants. While I realize it would be impossible for me to grow enough to keep my family in tea for a year, I do think it will be fun to grow at least a couple just to see how they grow and try my hand at harvesting and preparing our own homegrown tea.

The book is beautifully put together and effectively organized. It is divided in to larger sections like leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers and roots. Each section offers several examples and gives information on medicinal benefits, growing and harvesting, blending and making a tea or tisane with that plant or plant part. I especially enjoyed the "Tea Bag Friends" sidebars, in which Liversidge offers ideas and tips for blending other plants with the one that is being featured. Her writing style is interesting and individual, and one gets the clear impression that she has personal experience with each herb, fruit or root she is discussing.

Whether you are a tea enthusiast, herbalist, or gardener, you will find loads of good information and sound advice in this lovely, unique book.

by Khadijah A.
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is great. I will know what to do what the trees start to shoot new leaves 4 May 2014
By Barrie Sibson - Published on
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Great book. Explains everything I need to know about processing tea leaves. Anyone in interested in growing tea it's good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK 10 Sep 2014
By Crescentbar - Published on
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this book is one of the better ones that I have read. I like how it tells you pretty much everything to know about tea and harvesting your crops. good info on what benefits the tea has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about homegrowing tea 13 Sep 2014
By Suzanne Ghanadian - Published on
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Great book, very interesting to read.
Explains everything that there is to know about homegrowing tea. The title of the book won't deceive you :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good illustrations. She covers every step in great detail 20 Oct 2014
By Robin - Published on
Very informative book! Good illustrations. She covers every step in great detail.
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