Fresh cornsilk tea

Corn silk tea

At times when you sit with your young ones and try to do an artwork or a project, it takes a total new direction. When you go with the flow you learn so much more than you did ever before. This cornsilk tea was such a discovery.

The story

Corn always hold fascination for the little, it is an excellent way of improving fine motor skills. So, we get corn every now and then! The whole corn head with the leaves is what I buy,so we can use the other parts to make diy projects,braid the corn silk etc. While at one of these sessions, my then little daughter was more interested in nibbling on the corn kernels and was annoyed by the corn silk that getting in her way. Instead of asking to remove them She asked for the corn to be boiled so there will be none! Well, that is how she has seen corn, the cleaned ones. This sparked an interest to see what it is all about.

What is cornsilk?

The light green – yellow hair like strands that you see when you buy corn in a husk is corn silk. These are actually the elongated stigma of female corn flowers that bunch up as a tuft. With a slight sweetness to them it’s is these stigma that help to fruit the corn. These can be harvested when you get the corn and dried to store for use.

Brewing the tea

The delicate cornsilk seeps in the good benefits if you just let it sell through at boiling point water for 5 to 7 minutes. There is no particular  amount  of silk to Water ratio, it is rather how you like the flavour. Usually I use 3 corn heads for 4 cups of water. This provides a slight sweetness and feels of the corn.
The recipe card below details the process. Use the pin foe later button to save it when you gather some corn silk to try.

How does corn silk tea taste?

The fresh corn silk when brewed as a tea creates a sweet smelling tea, with a faint flavour of corn and barely any sweetness. If you need any stronger flavour in this tea you will have to add some like lemongrass, ginger or basil. However, I love to enjoy what the flavour is as it is, so will stick to just cornsilk.

How to serve corn silk tea?

Wa corm silk tea is a soothing beverage to sip as  your morning tea or relax within the afternoons. If the weather is warm, chill the teawith  couple of wedges of lemon and enjoy it cold. My children love it with a few boba pearls or some lychee jelly added to the glass.  Freeze the tea as icecubes so you can add then for the super peak summer into other drinks too.
It is a milk free tea, so keep it simple.

How is the corn silk tea beneficial?

The cornskilk tea is a well known coolant for that body as per Chinese traditions. It is one that has been studied for its antioxidant properties,
To sum it up, it has been an important  part of North American culture so no bout has earned its place among the home remedies.

Precautions for using corn silk

When  you are planning  to collect corn silk make sure it if from clean sources,non GMO etc. If you have medical conditions, it is high recommended to speak to your doctor before you start herbal teas if any sort. If you have kidney and liver issues,avoid the tea all together.


Corn silk tea

Gentle tannin free brewed with fresh corn silk to have on a war or cold day.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine diabetic friendly, instant pot, International, Medicinal, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 people


  • kettle saucepan will work too
  • tea pot


  • 3 tbsp corn silk fresh extracted
  • 1.5 cups drinking water


  • Dehusk the corn and pull out the corn silk hairs.
    fresh corn with cornsilk
  • Remove the dried parts of the cornsilk and discard.
    corn silk
  • Place the silk in the teapot.
  • Boil the water in the kettle
  • Pour the boiling water over the corn silk.
  • Let is sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and enjoy a warm sip.
    Corn silk tea

To make a cold sip

  • Chill the corn silk tea for 3-4 hours.
  • Place ice in a tall glass and pour the tea over it.
  • Add in some lemon rind or mint based on your choice.
Keyword leftover recipes, summer recipes, Tea and chai, vegan
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1 year ago
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Wow I never knew that is ebible. I have some corn and was about to throw it, this looks like a must try Seema. Thanks for sharing

Priya Vj
1 year ago
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Corn silk tea is an absolute detoxifier and has lot of health benefits. Our ayurvedic dr had suggested having this to reduce body heat and also for various other reasons . I love the subtle flavor that the corn silk imparts into the decoction while brewing

Jayashree T.Rao
1 year ago
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Using of corn silk is quite new to me. Thanks for the information, next time I will be making a tea of it.

1 year ago
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project work or not, I truly learnt today not to discard the Corn Silk ! wow never knew Tea could be made with that 🙂 cant wait to try this, Seema

Mayuri Patel
1 year ago
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Totally interesting. I am now kicking myself for throwing away the lovely golden cornsilk! Bookmarked this recipe for the next corn season. What a lovely, healthy and comforting tea.

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