Olive Leaf Iced Tea
Outside The Cookery School we have a mature Olive Garden, a particularly popular spot with hotel & cookery guests. We have long known that a little olive oil is a key ingredient in a healthy diet, but the extraordinary properties of the olive leaf have also been celebrated in Greece for centuries. More recent interest has prompted a number of studies, with claims for their anti-inflammatory, cholesterol busting, antioxident, immune-boosting properties building. So it seems we should approach this humble silvery leaf with some respect, and making a tea is the perfect way to enjoy them.
- Ensure your leaves have not been sprayed with chemicals of any kind before using.
- Pick olive leaves mid-morning, when the dew has dried from the trees.
- Leave to dry for 3 days or very slowly in a low oven.
- Infuse 10-15 leaves in a teapot with freshly boiled water.
- Sweeten with honey, we use our own, to taste and then chill.
- Serve with ice & lemon slices.
note: there is some anecdotal evidence that olive leaf tea may interfere with chemotherapy treatments, seek medical advice before combining.