Tiki Tisane: An Avocado Leaf Infusion!🤙
Have you ever heard the avocado referred to as the food of the gods? Certainly any plant possessing so many incredible (and yummy!) benefits must be supernatural, right?
Around the world avocados are coveted for their ‘good’ fat, high fiber and high antioxidant properties. And did you know that avocado leaves have even higher concentrations of antioxidants than the plant’s fruit?
Avocado leaves contain an anti-oxidant compound called quercetin that removes free radicals from our bodies. Free radicals are the by-product of naturally occurring degeneration as a result of oxygenation. Anti-oxidants mitigate the detrimental effects of this condition.
Indeed these leaves are high in quercetin. More specifically, quercetin is a pigment derived from plants. It is in the bioflavonoid category. It is found in many common plants and foods that we eat such as onions, berries, red wine, green tea, and apples. In addition, it’s also found in supplements like St. John’s wort, Ginkgo Biloba, American elderberry, and others. And, you guessed it, avocado and it’s leaves.
Avocado leaves also contain polyphenols which are another group of powerful antioxidants. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants, contain many potential health benefits and can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neuro-degenerative disease and cardiovascular diseases…to name just a few.
One easy way to initiate this antioxidating process is by consuming herbal teas—commonly called ‘tisanes’ (tea actually refers to leaves from the actual ‘tea’ plant). Unlike teas (which also possess formidable antioxidant properties) tisanes are beverages made by brewing or decocting herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water. So for the record this amazing hot (or cold!) beverage is a tisane, not a tea, made with avocado leaves.
In our pantry we now have jars of various leaves, stems and flowers from the plants all around us, making it possible to mix and match tisane infusion concoctions. I highly recommend gleaning your immediate surroundings, locality and region for these marvelous medicinals. Amazingly many beneficial botanicals can be free-foraged at little cost other than the initiative to go out ingredient gathering.
But back to the Avocado leaf tisane. The brewing results vary depending on the tree variety. Our favorite leaves yield a light earthy flavor characterized by a red tint. We have noticed different variations in the color and flavor of the brew when using different varieties of leaves. Alternately we have added whole avocado leaves to soups and stews, which is quite common in South America. They add a nice flavor reminiscent of bay leaves. But I digress.
I’m sure you may be wondering where you can even get avocado leaves? Actually, aside from growing the plant yourself (recommended!) there are an increasing number of online suppliers appearing to fulfill your needs. Furthermore, there is an abundance of information on the nutritional benefits/medicinal properties of these lovely leaves.
We hope you enjoy ‘tiki tisane’!
As always, we love the opportunity to share the knowledge we have discovered and would love to hear about your ‘crEATing life food‘ experiences!
Until next time!