In July of 2016, I visited a food forest in Costa Rica. David Dieterle, creator of Té Namasté, was selling fresh turmeric tea at Tinamasete Farmers Market. He spoke about his product, Té Namesté, and the health benefits of turmeric. David would take me on a tour of his food forest to learn how to make turmeric tea.
David's Food Forest
David lives in a home overgrown by medicinal plants! There is a bounty of fresh foods at the edge of his doorstep. He uses permaculture farming techniques to encourage the natural growth of indigenous species. Here is a short list of the numerous plants:
- Turmeric- the most abundant crop in David’s food forest for making tea
- Ginger- a “carrier-herb” used in ancient Chinese medicine to increase potency of other herbs
- Sissoo Spinach- a vigorous, edible ground cover chickens love to eat!
- Cranberry Hibiscus- a colorful, tasty plant for salads, stir fries, and smoothies
- Breadfruit- one of the highest yielding food plants, which could curb global hunger
- Cocoa- the fruitful tree that makes our favorite treat, chocolate!
- Moringa- a drought resistant tree with super medicinal properties
- Miracle Berry- a magical berry that turns sour tasting foods sweet!
Fresh Turmeric Tea
David’s fresh turmeric tea brought us together. Although his one-of-a-kind recipe is a secret, I can share some insight into the process of its creation. David begins by harvesting a bounty of fresh turmeric and ginger. The bulbs are washed, then processed in blenders. The mixture is then added to a concoction of coconut oil, honey, and Indian spices, brewing in a large pot for hours. The pulp is then strained out, while the liquid tea goes into jars for storage and sale.
Thanks for the adventure David. I created a turmeric tea recipe for people at home. It is simple, delicious, and nutritious. My friend Garrett says its his new favorite tea! Help us spread good health. Share and like our recipe!