Although it does take a certain amount of preparation tea has
been made from dried blackberry leaves for many, many years.
Pick young green blackberry leaves and cut them into small pieces
with a stainless knife. Now spread the leaves out and place them
in a shady position or an airy room to dry - this can take around
four days or more.
When the leaves have dried store them in an airtight container
but occasionally tip them out and turn them before returning them
to the container, otherwise they may go a little moldy.
Blackberry leaf tea is made by placing the dried blackberry leaves
in the bottom of a china or heatproof glass pitcher and then pouring
boiling water on to the leaves. The brew is then left to infuse
for about five minutes or so before straining and then pouring
into cups. A little sugar may be added if liked.