How to make Cerasee Tea

Overview of Cerasee Tea in 2 cups
2 cups of Cerasee Tea side by side
Close up of Cerasee Tea in a cup with honey dipper on the side
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Cerasee Tea is a warm drink made with the leaves of the cerasee plant also known as Bitter Mellon (Momordica Charantia). The leaves and vines of the plant have been used in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean as part of traditional medicine. This tea has been used to treat diabetes, hypertension, menstrual problems, fever and digestive issues. Although more research is needed to verify these claims it's one of the most popular herbal medicines used in Jamaica still to this day. This recipe will show you how to make Cerasee Tea at home with a few simple steps. The flavor is bitter and fresh but soothing when had warm. Please enjoy this recipe for Cerasee tea for a traditional herbal drink.

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 5 (6 votes)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins


Optional Ingredient


Place the water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil on high heat.
Arial of a pot of water on a gas stove
Once the water is boiling add the leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Arial of cerasee leaves in a pot of water on a gas stove
Remove from the heat cover and let steep for at least 5 minutes or longer for a stronger more bitter tea flavor.
Pot on a gas stove with a lid on it
Strain The water to remove the leaves then sweeten with sugar or honey and serve warm or chilled with ice.
Tea being strained from a pot
Optional Ingredient
Add the Ginger slices to the boiling water with the Cerasee leaves and continue with instructions. 

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