I am most definitely a tea snob. I only ever brew loose leaf tea, except for a few odd herbals, though I'll drink bagged tea if someone offers it to me, or it's all that is available. I get most of my proper teas from Peet's and chinatown in San Francisco, and I make a wide variety of herbal teas, mostly blends plants and occasionally mushrooms that I harvest, mostly in the wild but sometimes from my garden. I like to gather Mugwort, Candy Cap mushrooms, Turkey Tail mushrooms, wild Pennyroyal, Yarrows, wild mints, garden mints, Catnip, Lemon Balm, Basil, Blackberry leaves, sometimes pine needles, and various wild fruits. I also like to add malt and chrysanthemum, and sometimes cardamom or sassafrass. As for proper tea, I like nearly everything, but am fond of Lapsang Souchong, Sencha, Gunpowder, Genmaicha, Masala Chais of various sorts, and some Chinese yellow teas I get in Chinatown.
PictureSarah wrote:I don't know where you live, but it grows ALL OVER the place here. Like, along the road and stuff. I've never actually dug up the roots and roasted and ground them, but I had a neighbor who used to, and she loved it and said it was quite tasty.
I've always been disappointed trying to dig my own chicory. Maybe I just haven't looked in the right places, but in my experience it likes hard gravely nasty ground next to roads, and I'm always inspired to dig it when the ground is dry, without a proper shovel. so it's really
hard to get it out intact, and then clean and get the woody core of the root out, and I only got a little and it didn't roast right, and I got an unsatisfactory product. I also live in northern california, though a ways from you (I used to travel to school past Shasta City, and talked with you years ago about stopping along the way and saying hi, btw). But anyways, chicory may grow differently there, and may be more worthwhile.
podbaydoor wrote:How long does fresh ginger last? I bought a big hunk of it about two weeks ago, made some tea from it and enjoyed it, then totally forgot I had the ginger. It's been in a ziploc bag in the fridge the whole time, and I'm not sure whether that's good or bad...
Ginger is generally pretty long lasting. Mos fridges are moist enough that you're better off keeping it out, though it may taste refrigeratory if you do. It's really obvious when it's not good though, so if you can't tell it should be fine. Just trim off the old cut end, as that goes bad first.