Yaupon leaves and fruit on the tree
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5 from 2 votes

Yaupon Tea Recipe

You can make yaupon tea from scratch at home. A true Texan tea!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Tea, Herbal Tea
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Yaupon Tea
Appliance: oven
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • yaupon leaves
  • 3 cups water filtered
  • honey optional


  • Use fresh yaupon leaves and clean them well. Heat them in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until they begin to brown (15 minutes). You can crush them once they are completely dry and store it in an airtight container. 
  • Boil 2-3 cups of hot water in a kettle.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of the roasted leaves to a teacup.
  • Pour over the boiled water and allow it to steep for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add honey or natural sweetener to enhance the taste.
    Yaupon leaves and fruit on the tree