|Homemade herbal tea with linden flowers and juneberries from the garden on the side. What a perfect four o'clock tea break.|
If you want to harvest your linden tree to make herbal tea like me and Louise do, you may collect only the flower, but you can also collect the unopened blossom, the fruits, the floral ramifications or the entire bract (those yellow, slim "wings" at the base of the ramifications of flowers). According to my experience, the unopened blossoms and fruits are harder to dry out properly but are good for tea too. The linden is also perfect in a blend: I bought a delicious herbal tea at the Fête du chocolat de Bromont, a mix of rooibos, linden flowers and citrus.
|Linden flowers ready to be dessicated in my dehydrator.|
|That true green hue shows the maturity of the leaves. |
But the smaller ones in there are still tender.
|Those pale-green leaves are more recent, thus, they are more tender.|
|Those red protuberences are caused by the lime nail galls. |
They don't affect the health of the tree
but if you'd rather not have it,
there are natural treatments for it.
I agree with Hélène: lime leaves are scrumptious. In salads, I use them with other greens. I put them in sandwiches and berry smoothies. When I work in the garden, I nibble on some, whenever I passby the tree. I noticed that about ten leaves as a snack can sustain me until the next meal.
In permaculture, the linden tree is particularly appreciated since it's uses are many.
Hélène: In conclusion, this tree we can eat and drink, that offers plenty of shade, that's so beautiful and shares such a history with mankind, can it be said that it is such a gift from nature?