Photo: Michigan Trad
Every culture has one. A drink or some type of diuretic dedicated to whittling the waistline. For the French, that miracle elixir is tisane (pronounced ti-zahn), a caffeine-free herbal drink. The most common type of tisane consists of mint, chamomile, verbena and rooibos.
Tisanes are often referred to as herbal teas, but in actuality, they're herbal infusions made from roots, berries and spices. Whereas real teas derive from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.
While teas usually take anywhere from two-to-three minutes to steep, tisanes could take upwards of 10 minutes to develop peak flavor. I'd take those few extra minutes over a bloated tummy, any day!