One of my favorite snacky plants is the Red Clover. They offer up big fluffy flower heads with petals that can be pulled out easily for nibbling the sweet white tips. This is how I ate them as a kid (and still do) and how my kids eat them but you can pop the entire flower head in your mouth too. I had read that a tea can be made from them so I decided to give it a try.
I placed a couple of flower heads in a cup of boiling water, after checking them for unwanted insect friends aka "extra protein", and let it steep for about 15 minutes.
The resulting tea had turned a pale tannish yellow.
I had read that tea was slightly sweet and that the leaves had a taste that hinted at vanilla so it was with great anticipation that I raised the cup to my lips. I took my first sip and it tasted rather...blech. Mushrooms. It tasted like weak mushroom water. Don't get me wrong, I love mushrooms more than life itself, but not so much as a tea. I took another sip just to be sure there wasn't something worth salvaging then dumped the rest in one of my houseplants.
You can't win them all.
I took a nibble from another of the flower heads that I had gathered and it didn't have any of its normal sweetness so I'm guessing that was the problem. It may be too late in the season or something for this but I've also read that the tea is better with the addition of other herbs like mint. I'll try it again next year.
Until then it looks pretty on my drying rake between the Tansy and Yarrow.
Have you tried red clover tea?