Last summer we decided to try growing our own chamomile tea from seed. How easy was it? Very!
With Christmas looming, the garden may be the least of many people’s priorities, but I remember it was this time last year that we bought in our seeds to start off in the New Year (they make great Christmas presents).
Chamomile is very easy to grow outdoors by scattering onto prepared soil. We sowed ours direct into a pot in March, and by June the chamomile was flowering beautifully.
We harvested the flowers by snipping them from the plants whenever there was a sufficient amount, and left them to dry on kitchen towel for a few weeks. Chamomile will continue to produce flowers up until September with regular harvesting. We also harvested mint and lemon balm, so we could create tea mixes, and dried them the same way.
Once the harvest was dried we put them into jars and left the lid off for a further month to make sure there was definitely no moisture left.
Since then, the flavour has been maturing within the jar. I popped it open the other day and the smell of chamomile was really intense – perfect for infusing.
This tea can be used with a tea strainer, or you can put it into drawstring teabags. We were going to give homemade chamomile tea as gifts for Christmas but I don’t think we grew enough in the end. One 2 litre potful grew enough for this small jar. Maybe we’ll keep this for us and aim to grow more next year!