So this is kind of an oddball – I got these avocado leaves from the spice store in the Jean Talon market that a coworker’s family owns. Avocado leaf tea was making the rounds this year and various tea festivals, and I was really curious about the concept so I asked her to bring me a bag of avocado leaves so I could try steeping them to see if the taste was pleasant or not. Normally, I believe, these avocado leaves would be used for cooking – kind of like a basil leaf!?
For starters they’re huge – I picked two medium-ish sized ones from the bag and tossed them into a Nordic mug with near boiling water and just drank the infusion grandpa style. However, even the medium ones were about the length of the Nordic mug! Crazy! Kind of to my surprise, I really enjoyed the taste – and so I kept the rest of the bag. They’re pretty delicate, but not flavourless – just like having a softer mug of a soothing/calming herbal tea. The taste is probably best described as a gentler type of anise/black licorice note? Which I’m on board with – I love anise/black licorice. It’s also a little, tiny bit citrusy – like having hot lemon water with black licorice.
I loved them – and I really like the idea of having another herbal-y tea for evenings in my rotation.