A colourful blend of Lemon Verbena, Camomile and Rosebuds grown either on small farms or in the wild in France, Bulgaria and Morocco. Ms Lenne, Mrs Genchev and the Soffi Cooperative all hand pick and hand process their tisanes and use no artificial fertilisers or pesticides on their plants.
Complex, sweet and floral with a gentle fruity aftertaste, this is a perfect afternoon or evening drink and is delicious brewed hot or cold. Best made with boiling water using a small amount of each tisane to get a balance of flavours.
Flavie Lenne, Puy d’Arnac, Corrèze, France
Sissi Genchev, Stara Planina centrale, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Soffi Cooperative, Kalaat M’Gouna, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Drâa, Morocco
SIZE OF FARMS
1.7 acres & N/A (wild grown) & 30 acres (total)
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Blend of Lippia citriodora, Matricaria recutita, and Rosa x damascena.
Harvested Summer 2018. Hand picked and dried.
100°C, 1g per 150ml. Brew for 2+ minutes, many infusions are possible.
After travelling in Africa and studying agronomy, Flavie Lenne decided to settle down in the South of Corrèze. With her partner and his brother, they took over the family farm and decided to develop their three productions of specialisation: livestock, maraichere culture, and aromatic and medicinal herbs. They practice organic farming not because of the label but because their priority is to take care of the natural environment they live in. Flavie is in charge of the plants and the essential oils that she plants on 1.7 acres on the hills of their land. She plans on expanding it to 3 acres as essential oils require high volumes of fresh plants. Flavie avoids using any mechanical tool and prefers to work the land together with her horses. The entire farm is managed with a strong polyculture objective, livestock bringing the necessary organic matter for the plants and vice versa: sheep are left free in the walnut trees orchards and animals are healed with the plants and essential oils.
This Lemon Verbena was, like all her other tisanes, delicately hand-picked and taken straight away to the dryers, consisting of wooden racks in the shade of a well ventilated barn so that each plant keeps its freshness. Her total annual production is about 6 kilos per year.
Born in Bulgaria, Sissi Genchev has lived in Honfleur in France for the last 20 years but has kept a strong connection with her homeland sourcing blacks truffles, honey and herbs. This camomile comes from the mountain Stara Planina centrale, in the region of Veliko Tarnovo where it grows wild and is gathered by Sissi Genchev every year.
The region of Kalaat M’Gouna in the province of Ouarzaate in Morocco is very famous for its production of roses used for perfumes and rose water. The local production is celebrated in an important festival each May. Mohammed Soffi overlooks the Soffi Cooperative which is one of the pioneers in the region for rose production and organic farming. They produce and distribute dried roses, rose oil, rose water and petals.