German Chamomile - Matricaria recutita
Matricaria recutita is an annual growing to 0.5 m by 0.3 m. It is a herb that is commonly grown for its flowers which are principally used to make chamomile tea. Flowers may be used fresh or dried and stored in airtight containers. Flowers give off an apple-like fragrance when crushed. Grow this plant in a sunny position in rich compost soil. Keep damp but not wet.
Seeds are best direct sown in Spring after the danger of frost has passed.
Chamomile tea is a sweet herbal infusion with notes of crisp apple. Chamomile tea made with fresh chamomile flowers is sweeter than that made with dry chamomile flowers.
Lavender and Chamomile Tea
- 1/2 cup fresh chamomile flowers
- 1/2 cup fresh lavender flowers
- 1/2 cup apple mint leaves
- 2 whole lemons - juiced
- 1/4 cup honey
- Boil water, remove from heat and cool for 1 minute.
- Add the chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, and mint leaves to a tea ball and infuse in the hot water. Steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea ball or use a fine mesh sieve to strain loose flowers and leaves.
- Add lemon juice and honey to hot tea. Serve immediately.