olive leaf infusion 70g

(2 customer reviews)


discover the mellow taste of Lebanon

A big success  with those looking for new herbal hot drinks. Silvery cracked leaves, from souri olive trees in Beino, north Lebanon infuse to produce a mellow tasting caffeine-free cup. A delicate infusion, with no artificial colours or additives, perfect to sip all day long. It loves being re-infused.

to infuse

Steep a teaspoon in boiling water for 6-7 minutes then pour through a tea strainer.  While the first infusion is a delicate pale green colour, your second cup will give you a darker colour. We infuse one teaspoon 3 times, making this a very cost effective cuppa!  A great gift for those who enjoy herbal hot drinks.

ingredients: dried, cracked souri olive leaves 

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As you might expect, experienced olive farmers prune their olive trees in the spring, to maintain healthy trees. This allows light and air to circulate helping to prevent disease. Although most leaves are composted, the team select the best olive leaves for drying. The leaves are cracked, rather than ground to a powder, to release their flavour. In effect, olive leaf infusion is a by-product of the olive oil making process.

olive leaves drying for the infusion

tea or infusion?

You might find olive leaf “tea” when you google online, rather than “infusion”. In the UK, unlike the USA, the word “tea” has to be used only for the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, which is where tea comes from. Unlike tea leaves, they are caffeine-free, and obviously come form a tree and not a tea shrub. Hence, we asked the producer to change the label to comply with UK trading standards.  

a saucer of crushed olive leaves for an infusion


The photo above shows the leaves in the process of drying, so they are still fairly green. Apart from being naturally caffeine-free, the leaves contain an active compound called oleuropein. Health professionals have recently become interested in this antioxidant for its health benefits. It is said to lower blood pressure and has immune boosting potential. However, it wasn’t why we chose it. We loved the taste!

a Palestinian date on a plate hand painted from Jerusalem with a jug of olive leaf infusion in the background


Just the opposite. While some people associate olives with tasting bitter, the infusion is smooth and mellow. However, if you were to leave the leaves too long in the hot water, the resulting liquid does become more bitter. So remember to strain all the liquid after 6-7 minutes, and then add more hot water for your second cup. 

Sometimes we add 3 strands of Zejd’s saffron to a cup of infusion and leave it overnight. Saffron is a natural antidepressant, with interesting health properties. We drink it next day, saffron threads and all. 

infusing saffron with olive leaf leaves

reuse your tin

Recycling the leaves is good housekeeping! We re-infuse ours three times, at least. The leaves are loose, not in tea bags, so you can add them to your compost or food waste.

Helpfully the label peel off really easily to make a stylish storage tin.  We use one as a pencil pot, put some rubber bands in another and also store open seed packets in one too!  What will you use yours for?

olive leaf infusion pot for storing colouring pencils

Read our shorkk story for more about olive leaf infusion.

Weight 0.142 kg
Dimensions 6.5 × 6.5 × 12 cm

2 reviews for olive leaf infusion 70g

  1. Lizzie Fairrie

    Delicious, wonderfully soothing and curiously addictive – a much more grown up taste than the usual herbal teas on offer

    • miranda

      So pleased that you like the mellow taste of this infusion!

  2. Nicola G

    This infusion is delicious simplicity and brings a slice of Lebanese sunshine into my day every time I open the tin. I need never again buy an overengineered herbal tea in a bag again. Thank you shorkk. (I just use a big pinch in every cup – perfect).

    • miranda

      Delighted to hear that the infusion is a little bit of Lebanese sun in your day! Thank you for your kind words.

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