Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea Recipe

This post is sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs. I received the products described in this post at no cost, but all opinions expressed are my own.

I love making autumn teas. As the mornings get a little darker and mistier, I revel in choosing just the right ingredients for my first hot cup of tea of the day. Though I drink tea all year long, in the summer, I tend not to notice the subtle flavors and warm energy, nor do I usually make fresh teas in the summer. But as soon as autumn arrives, my home apothecary starts to call my name again.

Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea Recipe | The Witch of Lupine Hollow & Mountain Rose Herbs

Today, I’m excited to be working with a few very special ingredients shared with me by Mountain Rose Herbs.

Saffron is one of the world’s most expensive herbs, as the spice consists of the stigmas of the beautiful saffron flower, only three of which are extracted by hand from each flower. According to the package from Mountain Rose Herbs, it takes “more than 150,000 flowers… to produce just 1kg of saffron.” (So you can imagine why it’s so expensive then!) Although saffron is definitely a special treat, if used sparingly, I think the variety sold by Mountain Rose Herbs is relatively affordable. The spice is known for its brilliant red color and the beautiful, golden hue it lends to dishes.

Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea Recipe | The Witch of Lupine Hollow & Mountain Rose Herbs

Bee pollen is an ingredient that is relatively new to me, though my mom has been extolling its benefits to me all year. Bee pollen is the dried pollen that is collected from a bee’s legs when it returns to the hive through a constructed screen. It looks like little dried granules of honeycomb, (though it is specifically pollen and not honey), and is considered to be healing and energizing. 

Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea Recipe | The Witch of Lupine Hollow & Mountain Rose Herbs

Saffron tea is popular in areas like Morocco and is slightly spicy. I thought it would go great in a spiced, autumn tea and bee pollen can be added to just about any dish or drink for an extra boost. I find bee pollen especially appropriate as we wind down from summer; though we tend to pay homage to the bees most in spring and summer when their work is on brilliant display, autumn is an important time to give the bees their due (and to recognize that our abundant harvest is thanks to them!)

Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea Recipe | The Witch of Lupine Hollow & Mountain Rose Herbs

The other ingredients in this tea are also available from Mountain Rose Herbs, though I have not personally tried their varieties. Cinnamon, ginger and cardamom are all traditional ingredients of chai in India, which I find most appropriate for autumn. Along with the saffron and rose in this recipe, they are also all associated with romance and sexuality, making this the perfect tea for a cozy, autumn date or just an evening of self-care!

Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea Recipe | The Witch of Lupine Hollow & Mountain Rose Herbs

The bee pollen makes for a rather milky tea, so if you prefer your teas more transparent, stick with just the spices and flowers on this one. However, I think it makes for a nice, cozy change with the season!

Autumn Saffron + Bee Pollen Tea

Ingredients

  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon chips
  • Freshly shaved ginger or 1 teaspoon dried ginger root
  • 5 cardamom pods lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosebuds or rose petals
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen

Instructions

  1. Combine saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and rosebuds in a tea strainer. Set aside.
  2. Place fresh ginger in a saucepan and cover with about 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. If you are using dried ginger root, skip this step and include the ginger root in the tea strainer.
  3. Place a teaspoon of bee pollen in the bottom of your tea cup and place the tea strainer in or over the cup.
  4. Pour the boiling water over the pollen and strainer, straining out the fresh ginger. Stir to dissolve the pollen while the water is still hot.
  5. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then enjoy.

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