Fruit tea tastes good in winter as a warming hot drink – and in summer as a refreshing thirst quencher. While children often look at herbal teas with suspicion, young children usually taste good with fruit teas. And it’s good, because tea, along with water, can ensure adequate hydration. The optimal amount to drink varies depending on age, energy consumption and health status, but for adults it can be 1.5 liters a day.
ECO-TEST had fruit teas tested without the taste of harmful substances in the laboratory. Most are based on a combination of hibiscus flowers and rosehip shells. The good news: more than half of the fruit teas tested are “very good”; the laboratory found pesticide residues in all others – even sprays that are banned in the EU.
Make fruit tea yourself: These ingredients are suitable
If you prefer to avoid pesticides and also want to save on packaging waste, you are simply making your own fruit tea. Often you can even use fruit bowls and thus continue to use leftovers instead of throwing them away. Another advantage: You can create your very own favorite variant and only use organic ingredients.
The following fruits are well suited for homemade fruit tea:
- All berries such as blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
- rose hip
Important: You can not only prepare tea from the fruit itself but also from the peel. This allows you to reuse, for example, lemon peel or orange peel.
Important preparation: drying the fruit
Whether you use the fruit or its peel: In either case, you must dry the fruit before. To do this, cut the fruit and peel into small pieces and place them on a baking sheet that you have covered with parchment paper or a baking mat. Now place the fruit pieces in the oven at 40 degrees for five to six hours. To allow the moisture to escape, insert a cooking spoon into the oven door. Then let the fruit dry for another two hours in a sunny, warm place.
To be completely sure that the fruit is completely dry, leave it covered overnight with a cotton towel, mix together the next day and then pour into clean jars or mason jars.
Shutterstock / 13smile (Photo: Those who want to achieve a very special taste can mix dried herbs in their fruit tea.)
If the oven method consumes too much energy for you, you can also let the fruit bowls air dry. The best way to do this is to place the shells on a baking sheet at sufficient intervals and place it in a room with low humidity. With this method, however, it can take two to three days for the fruit to dry completely.
For your fruit tea, brew one to two teaspoons of the dried fruit per cup of tea in a tea strainer, tea egg or tea bag.
Make fruit tea yourself: tips for preparation and recipe ideas
- You can mix your fruit tea to your liking and, for example, prepare an apple-orange tea or an exotic kiwi mango.
- For a fruit tea made from orange or lemon peel, pour warm water over fresh or dried orange peel and let soak for about ten minutes. For a pot of tea you can use the peel of an organic orange or organic lemon.
- Dried herbs are an excellent addition to fruit tea: you can either dry the leaves of peppermint, lemon balm or nettles in bunches or buy them already dried. Add about a teaspoon of the herbs to the dried fruit and enjoy your healthy fruit tea blend.
- Make sure the fruit is organic and wash the skins thoroughly with water. A fair trade seal is recommended for purchased herbs.
- Always pour boiling water over your tea mixture and cover the teacup while the tea is brewing. This retains the aroma in the cup.
- Always keep your fruit tea tightly closed and protected from light as much as possible. In this way, the aroma of the fruit lasts longer.
If you want a little variety, we have compiled more tea recipes for you here: Make tea yourself: How to prepare healthy tea blends
Tip: A homemade tea blend is always a nice DIY gift that you can surprise your loved ones with.
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