How to make Cerasee Tea

Published on November 25th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Overview of Cerasee Tea in 2 cups

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.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Serves
2

Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons dried Cerasee leaves

  • 500 ml water

  • Sugar Or Honey to taste

Optional Ingredient
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger sliced

  • 1 slice of lemon

Instructions

How to

Place the water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil on high heat.

Top view of boiling water in a pot

Once the water is boiling add the leaves and cook for 2–3 minutes.

Cerasee leaves and ginger 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.

Remove pot from heat. Cover and let it steep for at least 5 mins.

Strain The water to remove the leaves then sweeten with sugar or honey and serve warm or chilled with ice.

Strain the cerasee leaves and ginger
Optional Ingredient

Add the Ginger slices to the boiling water with the Cerasee leaves and continue with instructions. 

Cerasee leaves and ginger in a pot (Ginger is optional.)

Add a slice of lemon to iced cerasee tea

A slice of lemon on iced cerasee tea
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Roxanne R Morrow (not verified)

Can I use fresh cerasee leaves or do they have to b dry

Permalink 22 Aug 2023

Jennifer Dodd

Hi Roxanne & great question, if you have access to fresh leaves by all means take advantage & use them in place of dried leaves. Fresh is best, stay tuned for more recipes to come.

Permalink 27 Aug 2023

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart