DIY Fruit Flavored Tea
Do you enjoy flavored teas as much as I do?
In this article you’ll find some ideas to make your own collections of fruit flavored teas with only a dehydrator, fruit, and your favorite loose leaf, instant tea, or tea bags.
Several years ago we made the decision to turn our yard into an edible landscape. Each time we replace a plant, we put in something edible.
It’s been a few years since we’ve planted honey berries and they are now starting to give us nice harvests. Maybe too much to eat in one sitting.
Last year I decided to dehydrate honey berries and see if I could use them for baking or something. (you can read about honey berries here) As luck would have it, I never got around to doing any creative baking. So the dehydrated berries sat there until this years harvest of berries was almost ready to eat.
One day while I was making some black tea I decided to throw a tea ball infuser of dehydrated honey berries just to see if the berries improved the flavor of plain black tea. Holey Moley, was it ever good! Way better than the little packets of flavored teas you buy in the store. Why hadn’t I thought of making my own teas sooner?
Quote : Flavored water is out, flavored teas are in!
So this year I set off on a mission, to drink more flavored tea, and dehydrate more fruit from our yard to flavor the tea. (It will also save on freezer space!) Besides the honey berries, I have wild strawberries, wild (seedy) raspberries, concord grapes, and rhubarb that always seem to never quite get used up.
All you have to do to make your own flavored tea is to fill a diffuser tea ball with your favorite dehydrated fruit, chamomile, or herb of your choice, along with the tea, and pour hot water over it. The process is super simple. If you’re confused, you can watch the video below on how I make mine.
What type of tea do you prefer? I normally choose black tea, but on occasion I’ll buy green or white tea just to change it up. I’ve tried the dried berries in all of the teas now (except rooibos) and the berries taste good in all of them.
On a side note; I think rooibos tea would taste great with fall dehydrated fruit such as pears, apples, and cinnamon.
On the dehydrator right now I have honey berries, wild strawberries, rhubarb, and chamomile. The rhubarb I’ll try alone because I’ve never tried that vegetable in my tea before, but the rest I’ll mix together for a nice fruity blend.
Isn’t it time you tried your own organic tea blends for a better, richer, variety?
Besides the variety that you can use to make your own teas, just think of the money you’ll save. A 20 count box of flavored tea costs more than a 100 count box of black black tea. Making your own fruit flavored teas is much cheaper to make than buying it.
This year I’m going to make my own mix of delicious organic fruits from my yard to flavor my teas. All the different kinds of fruits will be fun to blend into custom flavors, or just great all by themselves.
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