How to Make Pod Tea From Fresh Pods

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How to Make Pod Tea From Fresh Pods
Collect the pods of some poppy species to make pod tea. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Poppy Tea is a drink made from the crushed fresh or dried pods of the poppy plant. Papaver Somniferum pods produce an opiate tea often used for pain relief. However pod teas made from legal poppy varieties like Papaver giganthemum and Papaver paeoniflorum also have a mild sedative effect with none of the dangerous or addictive properties. However, many find poppy pod tea's bitter taste to be hard to acquire. Lemon and honey or a splash of orange juice will help you acclimate.

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • French press

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  1. 1

    Wash one to three fresh pods under running water then towel dry them.

  2. 2

    Cut the pods in half and pour out the seeds.

  3. 3

    Chop the pods into the smallest pieces possible with a sharp knife.

  4. 4

    Add the chopped poppy pods to the bottom of a French press.

  5. 5

    Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the French press. Stir once, insert the press and allow the tea to steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. 6

    Slide the press down and pour the tea into a cup.

Tips and warnings

  • You can reuse the steeped pods once more.

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