Dried or Fresh Olive Leaves
by Granny Bee
I have access to unsprayed olive trees and have been making tea from ground fresh leaves. I see that you suggest using dried leaves. Are dried leaves better than fresh for this purpose?
Not at all.
Tea made from ground fresh leaves contains volatile constituents that are lost by drying.
Fresh leaves would also have sustained less damage from oxidation.
While one could not categorically claim the fresh to be better than dried for all uses without extensive testing, it does seems to be the case with olive leaf from experience.
If you drink it for the health benefits, fresh would be the better option in most cases.
If you drink it as a beverage, tea from dried leaves may taste better than from fresh, but I can't compare as I have only tasted tea from dried leaves.
Thank you for the question.
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