White clover is almost ubiquitous in lawns and backyards, but most people don’t know that it’s both edible and medicinal. Red clover is known for having amazing medicinal benefits, but white clover is more readily available and is useful in its own right. One of the most simple and delicious ways to use the sweet smelling blossoms is to make a white clover iced tea!
This white clover iced tea recipe is a sample from my eBook Wildcrafting Weeds: 20 Easy to Forage Edible and Medicinal Plants (that might be growing in your backyard). Check it out if you want to learn more about the edible and medicinal weeds that surround us and how to use them!
Harvesting White Clover
While white clover is easy to find and identify, it is often found in areas that can be questionable like parks, along roadsides, and in disturbed areas. These locations likely have pollutants such as herbicides, road runoff, and pet waste, so choose your foraging spots wisely!
Collecting white clover from your own or a friend’s yard is probably the safest bet, as long as you are certain that there aren’t any possible contaminants.
White Clover Iced Tea Recipe
White clover blossoms make a wonderful refreshing iced tea that is also highly nutritious, as they are high in vitamins and minerals. Feel free to add in a few fresh mint or lemon balm leaves to make it extra delicious.
This is the perfect wild foraged summer drink!
White Clover Iced Tea
- 1 cup fresh white clover blossoms or 1/2 cup dried blossoms
- 4 cups water
- honey or maple syrup optional to taste
- lemon wedge optional
- Put the clover blossoms into a quart jar. Boil the water then pour over the blossoms.
- Let steep for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours, then strain out the clover blossoms with a fine mesh sieve and refrigerate.
- Serve cold over ice with honey or maple syrup and lemon if desired.
White Clover Benefits and Uses
White clover blossoms are rich in many vitamins and minerals, so this tea is good to drink as a general health tonic and for detoxifying.
A white clover infusion (a strong tea that is steeped for several hours) is also anti-inflammatory and beneficial for the immune system. Drink a cup to help relieve coughs and colds. It is also known for cleansing and purifying the blood.
Learn more about using white clover for food and medicine here.
Wildcrafting Weeds eBook
This is a recipe from my eBook Wildcrafting Weeds: 20 Easy to Forage Edible and Medicinal Plants (that might be growing in your backyard)!
Get identification notes, color photos of plants, and a whole bunch of great recipes for food and medicine like this white clover iced tea! A few other plants that are included in the eBook are:
Learn all about these plants and more!
Hope you enjoy this clover tea as much as I do!