You can pick the leaves in the summer to early fall, before the leaves turn color. Mike ended up picking most of them because I just couldn't get the hang of taking the leaves off the cane without getting injured! They can bite you!
I dried the leaves in the dehydrator.( It is not necessary to use a dehydrator. You can dry them in a shady spot for a few days.)
After they were completely dried, we crushed the leaves and put them in a Ball Mason Jar for storage.
Tonight, we did a taste test, it turned out great! I am glad we tried it. I love the fact that it was free! I guess you could say we have
"labor" cost involved- but for us, spending time in the woods doesn't really count as labor! It is something we enjoy doing.
Directions on how to make Tea:
One heaping Teaspoon-Tablespoon to One cup Water.
Pour boiling water over the leaves. Let steep for about 10-15 minutes. Strain, and it is ready to drink.
You can add honey for some sweetness!
As I was reading about foraging for Raspberry Leaves we came across a tip/warning:
If you're hunting for raspberry plants in the forest, make a lot of noise as you go. This will help frighten away any nearby bears who may be there for the same purpose
Thankfully, we do not have any bears in our region so that was not a concern!
There a lot of health benefits to drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea. I have provided a few sites if anyone would like to read more about it. I am not a herb specialist so I am going to refrain from giving any advice :)
I just wanted to share our "forage" experience.