Shrubby cinquefoil (Pentaphylloides fruticosa) or Kuril tea bush is a plant of Rose family (Rosáceae). Its young shoots, flowers and leaves are used as a replacement for usual tea in the Far East of Russia, this is why another name for it is Kuril tea. Harvested in Altai region in the summer of 2022
Kuril tea contains ascorbic acid, carotin, tannin, flavonoids, organic acids, ethereal oils and plant resins.
It is famous in Kamchatka and Transbaikalia as a healthy beverage in general and can also be used as a medecine for digestive system disorders, stomach pains of different origins, as an expectorant for treating upper respiratory problems. It is used as a cure for diarrhea and scorbute in Caucasia.
Preparation: 2 - 3 g tea leaves with stems put into a cup, pour 250 ml boiling water, brew for 2 - 3 min. Ready infusion is transparent, of light greenish-yellow colour, with spicy-herbal taste.