Cherry stem tea

June 11, 2012  •  Category: ,


While you are enjoying this bowl of cherries, why not keep the stems? Later on the stems will make you a mild-tasting detox tea, a laxative and excellent for the treatment of urinary tract infections and (or) bloating.

You can also combine this tea with some green tea if you wish.


  1. Gather all the cherry stems; spread out on a cookie sheet and leave to dry in a dark and dry place a few days. When ready to use, place the required quantity in a bowl of water overnight (12 hours). The next day, boil for 10 minutes and set aside for 20 minutes. Strain and drink (with sweetener if you wish), hot or cold, three times a day, after each meal.
Quantity required: 50 g for each liter of water or 1 3/4 ounces for 4 cups of water


33 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Rosa says:

    An interesting tea!



  2. Lyndsey says:

    Never heard of this, so cool to be able to use so many parts of the fruit. Being originally from Michigan we had a lot of cherries growing up!

    • Iman says:

      Lyndsey, I’m from Michigan also and I was thing the exact same thing. A friend’s of mine had me purchase some from the herbal shop and I was like, “I’m buying something that I through away yearly.😫”

  3. Mark Wisecarver says:

    Ah! I knew it! 🙂
    I have this once each day, with a bit of toasted rice.
    Just place some uncooked rice in a dry hot pan, don’t let it burn, just keep it moving for about 2 minutes. I steep mine for 6 minutes but I prefer it strong.
    All I each day is Espresso, Kombucha, Tea’s and Tea-sans, once glass of Apple Cider, Kefir and then water all day. To your Health! 🙂

    • Joumana says:

      @Mark : Your daily diet of brews is so interesting and definitely worth a post!

      @Mark: You make me smile! Thank you!!

  4. the indolent cook says:

    I’ve never known about this use for cherry stems. Very interesting – I’ll have to keep it in mind.

  5. DEVAKI says:

    I have never come across this before – very clever how old cultures use all parts of everything :)So great of you to post this Joumana. Also I have never seen cherries grow on a tree and I mustd eclare I am in love!

    chow 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  6. Diane says:

    I wish I had known this last year when the tree was laden! I will now have to wait 12 months as the tree is bare this year 🙁 Diane

  7. Mark Wisecarver says:

    Our beautiful host Joumana…
    For you I will. 🙂
    Haven’t made a foodie post in a long time but as you know there is much to share and like you I enjoy sharing.
    @Devaki…Right on 😉

  8. Sally - Custard Pie says:

    So that’s what the stalks were for! Really interesting – and oh those cherries are beautiful.

  9. eatincalgary says:

    I love this tea. It has a nice yet subtle flavor! One of my favorite herbal teas!

  10. Hélène (Cannes) says:

    Tu as tout à fait raison. Comme ça, rien ne se perd ! ;o)

  11. Hanan says:

    So nice pics!!! and i like your tea glass 🙂

  12. Red Star to Lone Sta says:

    Look at these lovely cherries! Just the other day I was asking my blogger friends for a recipe using cherries. Never occurred to me to use the stems.

  13. Claudia says:

    I have never felt as wasteful as I do now. I had no ideas and I’ve been munching on cherries all week. Next time…

  14. Claudia says:

    That would be “I had no idea.” Of course, I often have “no ideas” also.

  15. elif says:

    Cherry steam tea is soo helpful for digestion.

  16. Belinda @zomppa says:

    So THIS is what you do with cherry stems!! SO brilliant. Never knew that was a natural detox.

  17. Caffettiera says:

    My dad makes a cordial with cherry leaves boiled in red wine and sugar. It is a lovely thirst quencher with water. I love all things cherry related so I’ll definitely try this one when I get my hands on some organic cherries or wild trees!

  18. domi says:

    ” Queues ” ça doit être bon….

  19. Nuts about food says:

    You live and learn… and I just threw the stems away from 1kg of cherries… darn

  20. Susan says:

    I would have never guessed this would be the use for the cherry stems but I love it! A cherry-infused tea would taste delicious.

  21. Louise says:

    This sounds so intriguing. I love a novel use for something you didn’t really realise was a food.

  22. Özcan says:

    I make cherry stem tea without drying the stems first, just using fresh stems instead. Is that ok too??

  23. Michele says:

    Stem tea tastes cherry like to my taste buds. DO NOT EAT PITS ESPECIALLY IF CRACKED. POISON.

  24. Kate says:

    You can also set aside the pits, soak overnight in water then scrape off the remaining flesh, rince under water, and then set out to dry. Eventually you’ll have enough to stuff into a denim/cotton cherry pit pillow that can be heated in the microwave and used to soothe sore muscles or as a bed warmer, or simply as an ergonomic support. Waste not, want not!

  25. Julia says:

    Can you drink this daily long term?

Add a Comment