A couple of weeks ago, Andy (one of my coworkers) gave me this wonderful gift. It is Greenthread Tea, Navajo Tea, Hopi Tea, or Indian tea depending on who you ask. Andy is Navajo and he says it is Navajo Tea and that is good enough for me.
His daughter picked it from a wild crop growing on the Navajo reservation. It is harvested by pinching off the stems from the main plant so it is not driven to extinction. It has to be cleaned up a bit to eliminate spider webs and so forth and then it is bundled and tied with a small bit of cloth. One bundle weighs about 5 or 6 grams and is boiled in 5 or 6 cups of water for 5 or 6 minutes.
This results in a dark yellow/orange/brown tea that has an earthy aroma and a slightly astringent taste like green tea. Andy says he sweetens it with sugar and enjoys it hot or iced. I can't wait long enough to drink it cold and think that a small amount of honey compliments it very nicely.
Supposedly, it has medicinal benefits of some sort, but I just love it for its taste.