Labrador Tea - Rhododendron tomentosum - marsh rosemary - is a lovely Northern evergreen shrub/herb that has a unique savoury flavour that is often used with meats or as a tea. Labrador tea has mild narcotic properties that have lead it to be used for relaxation and as a medicine. Used to flavour anything from stews, and meats to gin or even add it in hot drinks. Only a few leaves (4-6) should be consumed at any one time.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid consumption of Labrador tea.
Posted by Patrick on 5th Feb 2018
I used this herb in a traditional gruit ale recipe with Achillea millefolium and Myrica gale. I had difficulty finding a source for the sweet gale and wild rosemary until I found Forbes Wild Foods. I called when this item was listed 'out-of-stock,' found they in fact had it, and the gentleman I spoke to updated the website in seconds flat. The ale has turned out excellent. I'm grateful for the quality of the product, ethical harvesting practices, packaging, and service. Next time I'm brewing a gruit, I know where to order.
Posted by Lee on 30th Jan 2017
Love Forbes Wild Food.
Thank you so much for the extras that you guys threw in!