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Red Clover, Red Clover, send some right over!

Red Clover
Posted by on May 13, 2014

 

Red Clover

Red Clover

We hope you all are enjoying your first CSA boxes of the Spring. We’ve been really busy on the farm getting them all prepared for you, and really hope you’re enjoying what you received.

One of the things you received is Red Clover. It’s used as a cover crop at our farm, fixing Nitrogen into the soil. We sow it in the Fall to prevent erosion throughout Winter, and then it keeps growing in Spring, helping us fight off weeds. It is tilled under in Spring, so adds much needed organic material into the soil, so we can keep growing the food we love to grow. As an added bonus, the beautiful red flowers attract all kinds of pollinators. Add the clover to a bouquet, or you can make a tea from it.

For making tea, first you need to dry the clover flowers. Hang them upside down in a room that gets good air circulation, like your kitchen. Once they are dry, pour boiling water over the flowers and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Add a little clover honey, and you’re good to go! Clover tea is used as a spring tonic, purifying the blood and acting as an anti-inflammatory. It’s also used for a variety of women’s health issues.

Let us know how your tea came out in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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