Yanabah Navajo Tea is an herbal tea made from the greenthread plant. Greenthread is actually a member of the sunflower family, and grows wild on Navajo reservation lands where it is harvested during fall and winter months. It is most plentiful in the Four Corners Region of the United States, including Arizona and New Mexico.
Grandmother Yanabah is the inspiration behind this brand of tea. She shared the process of picking, drying, and brewing this mellow and comforting blend to future generations, hoping they would cherish and continue such traditions. It is through her that Yanabah Navajo Tea was born.
I prefer to drink Navajo tea hot, as it’s gentle, earthy qualities are most obvious this way. The drink has an undeniably calming effect, wonderful for winding down after a long, hectic day. Freshly made golden fry breads make an authentic snack to have with Greenthread tea. With each sip and bite, you’ll be transported farther back into a simpler time and place of Native American tradition.
BREWING TIPS: 3-4 minutes @ 212 degrees F.
THE LEAF: Super-thin, almost fiber-like long leaves.
THE SCENT: Grassy and herbal, much like chrysanthemum and other herbal flower teas.
THE STEEP: A sunny yellow with a slight green hue. Mild and mellow, with a gentle sweetness. Serve hot or over ice. Add honey or agave nectar if you’d like!