canton lemon verbena
Alentejo Region, Portugal
Elegant, pale green leaves burst with intense notes of lemon sherbert. The plant is native to South America but now grows all over Europe and is highly prized for its zesty flavour and health giving properties. Our lemon verbena is grown by a co-operative of farmers in the sun-drenched Alentejo region of Portugal. Naturally caffeine-free so perfect to drink after dinner.
Ingredients: Lemon Verbena
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read the leaves
step 1: leaves
For one cup, add one pyramid or measure out 1 grams (around 1 tsp) into your teapot or brew mug.
step 2: water
Heat 250ml of water to 95°C.
step 3: time
Pour your heated water over the leaves and steep for 3 minutes. Drink.
Powerfully lemony but without any astringency – just sweetness and depth from the almost lemon-sherbet flavour and natural citrus aroma. It’s also caffeine-free and great for digestion.
The lemon verbena plants are grown in the mountainous Serra de São Mamede region of Portugal, which benefits from warm sunny days and slightly cooler nights due to the altitude. The plants also grow alongside cork oaks and olive trees. These are ideal conditions to develop a gorgeously intense flavour, concentrating the aromas and essential oils in every leaf.
Our lemon verbena comes from the Monte das Aromáticas collective, run by chief grower Carlos. After moving back to his home country of Portugal, he started producing high grade aromatic and medicinal plants in 2016. Carlos is completely self-taught in growing, spending years experimenting with alternative production methods.
The farm is located in the mountains of São Mamede, a protected park on the Spanish border. The region is populated by cork oaks and a rich array of fauna and flora, which contributes to the unique terroir of the lemon verbena. Carlos also uses organic, biodynamic and agroforestry techniques to grow his plants, working with nature not against it to produce some truly delicious herbal and aromatic infusions.
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