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Raspberries may be the most famous part of the raspberry bush, but the raspberry leaves also create a light and fresh herbal tea.
Many people adore the sweet and tart flavor of raspberries, but that isn't all to be gained from a raspberry bush. Raspberries belong to the rose family, and they thrive in temperate regions all over the globe. Humans have cultivated raspberry plants for generations because of the desirable fruit. In that time, the herbalists of long ago also discovered that the leaves could be used to make herbal tea. Raspberry tea is smooth and mild in flavor, and is well suited by a bit of sugar or honey.
Raspberry leaf tea has been highly valued in the herbal tea community for generations, and not without good reason. The leaves of the raspberry plant contain a number of important nutrients, including vitamin A, C, E, and B vitamins. It is an excellent source of calcium, providing natural calcium that is easily absorbed into the body, and offers other minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur. The leaves are also known to provide flavonoids, tannins and the phenol ellagic acid, all of which have antioxidant properties. With these nutrients, it’s easy to see why raspberry leaf tea is such a popular herbal brew.