Total: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Makes: 8 cups
- 3 tablespoons of roasted buckwheat groats, also known as kasha
- 4 cups / 32 fl.oz of filtered water
- 5 fresh dates
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
- 1 vanilla bean pod
- 1 tablespoon of roasted almonds
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
1.) Gather all the ingredients, place them in a tea pot or a medium pot, bring the water to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes to extract all the flavor from all the ingredients. Strain the tea over a fine mesh sieve and then serve hot, room temperature or cold, with or without your choice of milk. Keep the leftover tea in the fridge for up to 3 days.
What is kasha?
Kasha is a term for buckwheat groats that have been roasted. It is also known in Japan as “sobacha” and is a popular tea enjoyed for its many benefits. This tea has a nutty, earthy taste similar to black tea, but with less bitter notes. Kasha can also be used in porridge style preparations. Below are some kasha products you can find easily online or at your local food health stores.
- Buckwheat tea is a great alternative if you want to replace green and black teas to lower your caffeine consumption. Kasha may aid in digestion, improve heart health and even promote weight loss.
- Dates are rich in valuable nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6. Dates have been said to also help brain function.
- Vanilla beans have beneficial antioxidants that promote healing properties in your body. The taste and aroma of these fragrant pods act as an aromatherapy treatment, relieving stress and reduces anxiety.
- Cinnamon may have a positive effect on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and may protect you against cancer by reducing the growth of damaging cancer cells.
- Neurodegenerative disease is a condition that primarily affects the neurons of the brain (ex. Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease)