Photo by Alessandra Zecchini©
For Black and White Wednesday, organized by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, I am proposing something really 'Kiwi', (although I don't see many New Zealanders drinking it!). Kawakawa tea!!!
I have many kawakawa plants in the bush around the house, the leaves are beautiful and make a lovely tea, and even an infusion used in Māori medicine for several ailments. The seeds can be used as long pepper (the plant is related to the pepper family) and if you like an extra tip, New Zealand bush inspired but created by an Italian (me :-), I use kawakawa instead of vanilla to flavour cremes and custards and panna cotta and so on. To give you an example have a look at my Flan with Kawakawa crème and Kahikatea berries!
But mostly I like to go into the garden/bush, pick a few leaves, wash them and pour hot water over them. One or two leaves per cup will suffice, the smell is truly delicious, and this is foraging at its best because everyone can do it! And of course I like to add a teaspoon of NZ honey, which reminds me: if you live in NZ and would like to win some artisan organic honey please click here!