Growing your own alternatives

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I love hot beverages and I really love to grow my own to help with the grocery bill and to keep it more healthy.  While I cannot grow chocolate for hot cocoa, I can grow coffee and tea alternatives quite easily.

Herbal teas don’t contain caffeine or tannins so they are much healthier for you than standard black or green teas.  Because I’m amenic, I cannot have caffeine or tannis so I stick to herbal teas like peppermint and chamomille.  These annual herbs are really very easy to grow in your yard.  Because they’re annuals, they’ll come back every year.  Peppermine is the easiest to grow & it comes back and spreads well.  You simply snip off the leaves and dry them.  Then use the dried crumbled leaves in a tea strainer or tea infuser to make your own herbal teas.

I cannot grow coffee beans but chickory is a passable alternative when you don’t have coffee.  You don’t have to grow chickory. Chances are it’s growing wild all over the place in your neighborhood. Just take a walk & keep your eyes open.  Chickory is very easy to turn into a coffee like beverage.  You need the root so make sure you harvest sparingly to make sure you don’t destroy the whole crop.  Once you have the root, you clean it well, cut it in one inch pieces and roast it in the oven at about 300 degrees for an hour.  Watch it so it doesn’t burn.  Then grind it up & either add it to coffee to make it go further or drink it by itself.


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  1. growing mint makes for great mojitos I love to also grow lemon verbena for my tea and of course stevia so you can sweeten it yourself. mmm
  2. Oh I'm so jealous! I've tried to grow stevia here but it won't over winter :(

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