Cassis (Blackcurrant) and Lemon Verbena Tea - Tisane - Infusion
10 mins (prep 5, cooking 5)
4 ingredients
4 servings
A lovely soothing and restorative tisane or tea that is made by steeping black currants and fresh lemon verbena leaves in boiling water, then strained and sweetened to taste with brown sugar or honey. I've used a bag of black currant tea in place of the black currant berries with lovely results, as it is difficult to source fresh or frozen black currants here in my town. Next time I may add a spoonful of currant jam to my tea (a la Russian style), as well. The tisane - tea may be served either hot, or chilled over ice. From 'Herbal Pleasures'. Black currants are very rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals. In particular, black currants are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C and potassium. They have been shown to have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries. Lemon verbena has traditionally been used to treat asthma, fever, colds, flatulence, stomach upset and diarrhea, and for its relaxing effects in teas.

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  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon black currants (fresh or frozen)
  • 10 lemon verbena leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey, to taste


Serving Size (5.55 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 14.21 Calories from Fat 0.09
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.01g 0.06%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.02%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 0.35mg 0.06%
Total Carbohydrate 3.75g 5.01%
Dietary Fiber 0.25 g 4.06%
Sugars 3.5 g %
Protein 0.15g 1.24%
Vitamin A 2.7IU% Vitamin C 0.18mg%
Calcium 3.25mg% Iron 0.13mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
boiling water