What Is Linden Tea?
If you live in North America, you’ve probably seen neighborhood streets lined with linden trees. The tall, leafy, deciduous giants are common throughout the country but are also grown throughout Europe and Asia. Linden trees may live for up to 1,000 years. Linden leaves have a distinctive heart shape and the light yellow flowers are fragrant and delicate.
For hundreds of years, people have used parts of the linden tree, particularly the leaves, the flower, the wood, and the bark for medicinal purposes. Tinctures, teas, and other beverages may call for ingredients from one of two different linden trees: Tilia cordata, the small-leafed European linden (also known as a winter linden), or Tilia platyphyllos, also known as the summer linden.
Linden tea is popular not only for its medicinal uses but also for its agreeable taste. Linden flower tea can be consumed hot or cold and has a strong sweet and floral taste.