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Chamomile Sorbet

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Chamomile Sorbet, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

My evening ritual almost always includes a cup of chamomile tea with honey. It’s very simple: I have my tea (sometimes cookies are involved), I read, relax or watch something and then I go to bed. Chamomile has this was of dissolving stress and immediately relaxing my body.

Side note: Some of Chamomile’s healing properties include
Anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, digestive aid, stress reducer, sleep inducer and a whole slew of others.

When I was at the Tweefontein Herb Farm last week, Sarah was nice enough to give me the rundown on all the fantastic things they’ve making with the summer’s herb harvest. Among all the healing herbal salves and soaps that smell good enough to eat, she casually mentioned that she’d been making chamomile honey sorbet to sell at the market as well. Okay, wow. I don’t even think I let her continue the conversation before insisting she let me try some. Immediately.


If you drink chamomile tea, then you’re probably already conjuring the flavor and imagining what it would be like as a sorbet. But let’s be clear, this is so not your cup of tea! The classic pairing of chamomile and honey in this silky, icy form take on a whole new meaning. I have no idea what that meaning is exactly… But anyway, this sorbet might be one of the most fantastic things I’ve tasted all summer. No exaggeration. You must try it to understand. So soothing and perfectly sweetened. And the texture – fluffy and light like cotton! OK, I’ll stop before I sound like a real freak about it.


The process of making it is much like making a cup of chamomile tea – well, a very large cup of chamomile tea.

Boil water, add tea herbs, add honey, let steep.

You can use green chamomile, but the recipe calls for the dry herb which actually has a much stronger flavor (so if you use green, you may need to use more or steep a little longer).

The perfect guiltless dessert (Well, more guiltless than most desserts anyway. There is a good amount of sugar in it). I haven’t actually tried doing this, but I was imagining that a little lemon zest might also be nice in it.


See, even tough dudes who lean on trucks love its delicate flavor.


Hey, If you’re even in NYC on a Wednesday or Saturday, you can get some of this delicious sorbet from Sarah and the Tweefonteiners at Union Park Farmer’s Market. They post up on the SW corner across from the Gandhi statue on Saturdays and right in front of the Gandhi statue on Wednesdays.

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Prep + cook time: 5 minutes to prepare tea mixture. About 2 hours for steeping and chilling, plus time required in ice cream maker. Makes about 1 quart of sorbet. Recipe can be modified to make more or less, but make sure you use 1 part sugar to 4 parts water to ensure the correct texture. Also, if you cant find loose chamomile, you can substitute with about 3 bags of regular chamomile tea!

You need:

  • 1/4 cup dry chamomile herb
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup raw cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Bring water to boil in a large pot. Remove from heat and add sugar, herbs and honey. Stir a few times to get sugar dissolving and herbs to open up.
  2. Let steep in pot until tea reaches room temperature.
  3. Once cool, strain out herbs. Easiest is to just pour the mixture through a colander into another pot. Chill in fridge for about an hour.
  4. Once cold, add to ice cream maker and run like usual.



  1. Posted August 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM | Permalink

    I can not WAIT to try this!!! How unique! My husband and I drink chami with honey every evening before bed but on warm summer nights it’s not always ideal to drink hot tea. This sorbet is sure to cool things down. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Posted August 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    This is so beautiful! I must try this, right now! Thanks for the wonderful and simple recipe :)

  3. Jenitals
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    Love the photos!

  4. Posted August 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM | Permalink

    What a lovely post. I love chamomile as it reminds me of my nana. She practiced a macrobiotic diet (before getting alzheimer’s) and knew all the medicinal properties of natural herbs etc. We used to pick it wild as well and make tea. Thanks for the great memory.

  5. Posted September 1, 2010 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

    Love this post, Gabi. Unusual ice cream/sorbet flavors always intrigue me and your photography is just gorgeous – that last manly truck picture especially! ;)

  6. Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    that sounds so refreshing and delicious.. I wonder where I could get fresh chamomile. I haven’t seen it at the farmers market.

  7. gabi
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    Nicole – You should be able o find chamomile at in the tea/herbal section or your local natural supermarket (I know most Whole Foods carry it). If not though, just use 3 bags of regular chamomile tea. You can find chamomile tea anywhere and it’ll taste almost the same for this :)

  8. Michael
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

    Love your blog and your whole approach to food and it’s appearance. Nice photos! I follow these two similar food blogs out here on the West Coast: http://www.cucinanicolina.com/

    I want to try the CREAMY AVOCADO, ARUGULA, BROCCOLI SOUP from June!

  9. Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:15 AM | Permalink

    At home in France we drank a tisane of ’tilleul’ every night. I think it’s called ‘linden’ in English, but it doesn’t seem to be popular at all here in Melbourne! I wonder if tilleul sorbet would be good? I’ll be trying your chamomile when it’s summer here :)

  10. Jemima
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

    Hi Sabine!

    You could get some Linden tea from this Aussie site. Hope it tastes the same as home….


  11. Posted June 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

    Have to try this!! I just “pinned” a ton of your posts!

  12. Complexnatural
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    You post the most amazing recipes!

  13. lil momma allen
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    i’m going home at 5:00pm and get out my icecream maker! i have a sleeping problem…can’t sleep because i’m not sleepy,and it’s affecting my life. a was looking up tea’s that won’t just relax me,but make me sleep..can some one please tell me if there is any tea that can get me to sleep?I do not want to take sleeping pills! PLEASE HELP!

    Thank you so much
    Connie Allen

  14. Karina
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

    Wonderful recipe! I love chamomile and I also love sorbet. Perfect combination. I was wondering do they sell it only during the summer or still during the winter? Because I am heading to NYC net weekend and will be there Saturday the 12th.

  15. gabi
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Hi Krina,
    Thanks for your comment! Sorry, I don’t actually sell the sorbet. It was just something I made for fun when visiting the farm. Took advantage of their fresh camomile and honey. Not sure what their market schedule is either.

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