Fruit tea: discover the flavorful blends

Fruit Tea

Fruit tea has to be amongst the most flavorful and versatile of herbal teas. You can get tons of flavor from a teaspoon of berries and other fruits and brew the tea in so many ways. Do you like hot or iced tea better? Fruit teas have it all (almost).

Though fruits can lack the subtly of the flowery hints found in hibiscus or the cool notes of the mints. You don't have to be so particular about the steeping time though.

Fruits have an appealing look when dried and minced for use in herbal tea. The berry of raspberry keep their bright red color once dried imparting a pretty red appearance to the water after steeping. You have to try it sometime!

Remember to always use high-quality, organic fruits for the best flavor and health benefits. The flavor and accents of certain fruits and other herbs you purchase yourself may vary from what I suggest below.

So what are the best ways to brew fruit tea?

  • Infused in hot water. Many berries and citrus are steeped in hot water for five minutes.
  • Infused in hot, cold, or room temperature water. When steeping in cold water you can place the beverage in the refrigerator up to an hour and it will turn out flavorful. Or you can leave it at room temperature and then proceed to place it in the refrigerator.
  • Ice cubes. The berries of raspberry and blueberry are even better frozen as more of their flavor is preserved. Even better, puree them in the blender and place the remaining pulp in an ice cube tray. Stays good in the freezer up to a week.

The best fruit tea is composed of berries and citrus. Though other fruits such as apple, mango, and plum are good also. You should always use organic fruits and berries due to the higher quality flavor and nutrients.

What infused fruit teas make the highest grade?

Raspberry:
The red raspberry offers a punch of fruity, tart flavor no matter the above brewing methods. You can use it fresh or dried for tea. Its copious amount of pulp makes it a superb berry to use as the flavor is easily preserved and combined with other berries.

The blends for raspberry include other berries like blueberry, goji, and cranberry. Its complemented by the flowers of jasmine, passionflower, and rosehips.

Raspberry Flower blend:
1 teaspoon of jasmine flowers
Half a teaspoon of rosehips, raspberry, and lemon peel

Blueberry:
The blueberry is similar to raspberry in its amount of pulp making it great for drying. The blueberry skin has an appealing dark (almost black) look and the inner pulp is a purple color when dried for infusing in water. The flavor is a subtle sweet with a cooling mix of tartness that goes with the other berries and green tea.

A blend that includes blueberry can also include the more refined beverages of green tea (the true tea) or hibiscus flowers. However, blueberry is best when balanced with the minty herbs such as peppermint and spearmint.

Blueberry Spearmint blend:
1 teaspoon of spearmint
1 teaspoon of fresh or dried blueberry

Strawberry:
Strawberry has a quintessential bright flavor and mildly floral scent that makes it a complement to the fruits listed here. Its reddish-pink color makes it a pretty accent in any tea, too.

To be honest, I don't like fresh strawberries, their taste and consistency simply don't appeal to me. But used in tea either dried whole or in powder form the brightly fruity flavor stands out. Strawberry is best blended with the fruits of berries, apple, mango, and hibiscus.

Extra Fruity Strawberry blend:
1 teaspoon of strawberry dried
Half a teaspoon of raspberry, goji, and apple

Cranberry:
Few berries can compete with the bitterness of cranberry. The tiny ripe berries impart their flavor after only three minutes of steeping time. Cranberries are usually saved for the holidays in the United States, but when blended with flowery and fruity herbal ingredients it can make an exclusive beverage.

Perhaps cranberry is best saved for certian occassions and health reasons still. The fresh berry is very tart while the dried berry is tart and sweet making it appocriate for tea use. Cranberry is best blended with the flowers of passionflower and chamomile and the fruits of other berries, apple, and citrus.

Cranberry Citrus blend:
1 teaspoon of dried cranberries
Half teaspoon of rosehips
1 teaspoon of lemon peel

Goji (wolfberry):
The goji berry has a mildly sweet flavor punctuated with a rather woodsy tendency and accent. Also called wolfberry, it only became popular a few years ago along with the other "superfruits" like acai. Indeed, goji is a healthy fruit to consume and drink.

Goji is easily brewed hot, cold, or frozen. I love to brew the dried berries for at least ten minutes before drinking it (and the berries make a great treat, too). Goji is usually combined with berries like raspberry and strawberry and some fruits like mango.

Goji Raspberry blend:
1 teaspoon of goji
1 teaspoon of raspberry
Half a teaspoon of lemon peel

Mango:
The familiar tropical fruit has a sweet taste that resembles melon yet its flavor is more intense esspecially when ripe. You'll find that it goes well with so many other fruits and herbs its difficult to settle on one recipe. However, I like it best when it's combined with the other fruity and sweet tea ingredients.

Mango is either brewed fresh or dried maintaining its flavor. The sweet mango goes well with berries, apple, plum, and citrus and roobios and stevia.

Mango Berry blend:
1 teaspoon of fresh or dried mango
2 teaspoons of raspberry and strawberry

Apple:
Perhaps apple is not on the top of everyone's favorite ingredient in fruit tea, but it's a very versatile and flavorful fruity additive. You can blend it with pretty much any of the other fruits and sweet ingredients.

Think of star anise, licorice, and vanilla and pomegranate and red raspberry. Dried apple always makes a great snack yet it's also infused in water.

Sweet Apple blend (simply):
1 tablespoon of apple fresh or dried
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract placed in the steeping beverage

Lemon:
Lemon is sort of a classic to the world of health teas, often blended with other health-promoting herbs such as dandelion, chamomile, peppermint, and nettleleaf. It certainly can be used alone for its bitter citrus flavor. Usually the peel of the lemon is utilized, not the inner pulp.

The bitterness of lemon though is exactly why the other herbs complement it so well. Think of the roasted taste of dandelion or burdock. They are balanced out by the added lemon. However, lemon goes well with ginger and the spiciness of turmeric and cinnamon.

Lemon Wellness blend:
1 teaspoon of lemon peel
1 teaspoon of dandelion
Half teaspoon of peppermint

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