This time of year, when the abundance is fresh, I like to feature a few plants that I grow, and recommend for the Prescott high desert climate.
Most of these would easily be characterized as water-wise, possibly native, cottage garden plants, and the vast majority as herbs. Some are all four, but not always.
Today, I'm featuring a lovely and tough cottage garden plant that is water-wise, and is considered an herb offering various health and well-being benefits: Monarda. And in this case it's Monarda didyma.
Let's get to it...
One of the true pleasures of growing an extensive herb garden, is not only the visual and sensory enjoyment, but also the medicinal and culinary uses.
If you are growing your plants organically, then you can craft warm or iced herbal teas on a whim and possibly treat some mild ailments along the way.
I make my herbal teas mainly for the flavors and general health benefits, but I'm starting to learn more about the uses of all these amazing plants.
Here's a delicate and bright tea recipe for you to try using Monarda. You'll have to use a LOT more of the blooms if you want to get a truly rich color to the steep.
For one serving of Monarda Tea:
1 tablespoon dried flower petals
2 tablespoons fresh flowers
Pinch of fresh or dried leaves
2 cups of barely boiling water (a hard boil will be too harsh for these delicate plants)
Cover with a lid and steep for at least 15 minutes
These delicate blooms and essential oils take a while to release
Pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer and enjoy warm or on ice
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