First harvest Cota (Indian tea, green thread) 2017

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First harvest Cota (Indian tea, green thread) 2017

16.00

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Each batch is roughly 200 grams 

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This perennial flower native to the southwest desert area has been used by dwellers here for countless generations for making tea both for pleasure and medicinally, also used for making yellow dye. 

As medicine: The whole plant is dried and used for tea, it's best picked when the flowers are new and bright showing that the plant is at its peak in energy. Cota is a mild diuretic, helping your body rid of salt and water to make way for new. In folklore it is good for arthritis, kidneys, blood complaints, and indigestion. 

Harvest: First of the season harvest, June 18-21. When we are harvesting cota it's important to us to be respectful and to never take too much from one area, a good rule of thumb for us is take 50% from one area, usually take the flowering plants and leave behind all plants with the buds awaiting blossom, cutting by the stem and not ripping it out by the roots. 

Storage: Break the bundle using hands or scissors into a large bag (to avoid mess) and store in a cool dark place in your favorite storage containers.

Brewing: When ready add broken pieces into your looseleaf tea pot. The longer the steep the better, we like to toast it until fragrant before hand, steeped as many times as preferred. Cota likes very hot water, no need to specify temp on this tea but anywhere close to boiling will work great. Alternatively, made as a sun tea works amazing. Add Cota to vessel of choice and let rest in the sun, ideally starting the day before wanting to drink it.