Fruit teas may be black or green teas flavored with a natural essence of fruit. Pieces of fruit in the tea do not contribute much to the flavor. They contain black tea as a base that can be of Indian origin like Assam or Darjeeling, or China tea, a black tea that is pan fired and has a “smoky”flavor. Indian teas make a better base for fruit teas. The” smoky” taste of some Chinese teas does not complement fruit flavor.
Fruit teas are technically not teas—they’re infusions of fruit flavors, sometimes called tisanes in the tea industry. Fruit teas are usually made using fruit juices or steeped in hot water, and can be made at home as well.
Orange and apple juices are popular choices for making fruit tea, although just about any fruit juice can be used. The choice of fruit is limited only by the drinker’s discretion. The taste of fruit tea varies between each type of infusion, but generally has a refreshing taste.
Many fruit teas are made in tropical islands, where there is a large selection of fruits. Fruit tea is drunk cold.
What Fruit Teas are Made of
Popular fruit tea flavors include cherry, apple, blackcurrant, raspberry, orange, strawberry, peach, and blueberry. Many fruit teas are made from combinations of fruits, and some also include herbs and spices. On the supermarket shelf, they are usually included with herbal teas, which are also technically herbal infusions rather than genuine teas.
Preparing Fruit Tea
Fruit tea is usually made in multiple servings. Usually 4-6 servings are made.
An easy way to prepare fruit tea is firstly brew the equivalent of 2-3 cups of tea, and then allows the tea to cool in a glass or glazed pitcher. Plastic and metal pitchers are not recommended because they may pass on undesirable flavors.
While the tea is cooling, make 2-4 cups of fruit juice either by manually squeezing fruit, or through a fruit juicer. When the tea is cooled, pour the juice into the tea and mix well. The tea should be allowed to chill for several hours before serving.
Fruit tea can be topped with slices of fruit or ice.
Benefits of Fruit tea
Experience a refreshing healthy drink without caffeine – fruit tea. A terrific ‘tea’ that is unbelievably delicious and enjoyed hot or cold! The delicious blends of various dried fruits combined with the natural flavors create a summertime cooler or a winter time summer reminder in fruit tea. Refreshing and thirst quenching and not overly sweet.
An added benefit of fruit tea is that these ‘teas’ contain Vitamin C. What could be better – a healthy drink that tastes GREAT! To enhance the flavor try adding a bit of sugar. The sugar combines with the natural flavors and intensifies the flavor. For your young children – get Popsicle forms and freeze lightly sweeten fruit tea, your kids will love it!
Health warnings on fruit tea
The majority of fruit tea is safe for consumption, but care should be taken with Fruit Tea made from tropical fruits such as custard apple and pawpaw.
Fruit tea made from custard apple or pawpaw can inflict a disease similar to Parkinson’s Disease. The symptoms were often as deadly as the progressive brain disorder, but the age of onset is lower and the disease is resistant to standard Parkinson’s Disease treatments.
According to one study, fruit tea made from these fruits contains a toxin that is poisonous to the human nervous system. The fruits contain a natural insecticide that can cause nerve damage. Examples of symptoms caused by the disease include tremors, rigidity and balance problems.
It’s easy to see why people love fruit tea. Its delicate, delicious flavors make fruit tea a more easily acquired taste than stronger teas. It’s naturally caffeine-free, safe and healthy to drink. There are hundreds of different types of fruit teas on the market, so whatever your taste, there’s sure to be a fruit tea you’ll love.