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Tilleul Tea

VegetarianVeganDairy FreeGluten Free

A simple and free way to make an expensive tea.

Serves : 1+
Prep : 1 minute
Cook : 5 minutes
  • Small handful of lime/lindonĀ  flowers
  • Water
  • Honey or sugar to taste


  1. Place the flowers in a cup and fill with boiling water, cover the cup and leave to steep for 5mins.
  2. Add sugar or honey to taste although sometimes the flowers are sweet enough without added sugar.
  3. Drink.


This tea can be very expensive but lime trees are very common in the UK and at the right time of year lime trees can be dripping with flowers. These flowers can be used fresh or dried.


5 comments for Tilleul Tea

  1. Liz Green says:

    Do you use the green bracts on the flower stalks too?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Liz, we do use the green bract as well.

  2. Diana says:

    Your picture seems to show the seed pods – can you use those as well? (They are on the bracts in September.) Do you use them “green” or should they ripen?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Diana, I’ve been told, this Autumn, that just after the flowers drop the fruits taste of chocolate but I’ll have to wait until next May to confirm that.

  3. John Hewett says:

    Those are not the seed pods, they are the unopened flowers. Typically there will be about one or two opened flowers in a cluster, and the rest are not yet opened, if you find the tree at just the right time. I’ve found a tree which seems to be just right today (11 July 2020), but from what I read online it seemed to say that only the first couple of days of flowering gives the best results in late spring/early summer. Maybe that was only for France and maybe our trees develop a bit later, or at least, this one is – one just along from it has almost finished flowering. Strange…

    Disclaimer: I’ve never actually made tilleul before. Doing it for the first time now

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