Passionate tea drinkers drink tea or infusions all year round and are not only limited to the winter and cold seasons, but also in the summer do not want to give up the pleasure of a delicious cup of tea. In addition, there is also another important reason to have a good cup of tea even if the high temperatures are pressing, and that is that there are fruit teas. These, with their refreshing fruity flavor, are deliciously good in the summer and can also be drunk cold in the form of a iced tea. Take note of how to make an Infusion of fresh fruits.
In supermarkets or specialized tea shops there is a wide variety of fruit infusions. They usually have common varieties such as apple, Fruits of the forest or also offer more exotic mango flavored teas, passion fruit or even with chocolate and raspberry, or blueberry and vanilla.
Homemade fruit infusions are a creative product that can be easily made and mixed at home, to your liking, combining your favorite fruits and knowing what you are consuming.
The following fruit infusion recipe serves as a small suggestion, so the ingredients can of course be modified according to individual taste.
Homemade Fruit Infusion Ingredients
- 2 cups of fresh strawberries
- 6 pears
- 6 peaches
- 6 apples
- 12 oranges
- 12 lemons
- 3 stalks of lemongrass
- a little cinnamon or vanilla
Preparation of fruit infusion
First, the citrus fruits are peeled, since we will only need the peel, which can be removed with a sharp knife. The peel of the citrus fruits give the recipe a fresh note to quench the thirst and, later, from the flesh of the peeled citrus fruits, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice can be perfectly made.
Apples, pears, strawberries and peaches are cut into quarters without the core and seeds and then into thin slices, this is important because during the drying process the heat has to pass evenly.
Dry the fruit for infusions
The cut fruit and the peel of the oranges and lemons are spread out on parchment paper on top of the radiator to dry evenly, in summer it is also possible to dry the ingredients in direct sun, however the drying process takes a relatively long time long, but the fastest drying process is if you use the oven and for this purpose. The ingredients are placed on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and slowly dried in the oven at about 70 degrees.
If you choose to oven dry them, be careful to leave the oven door slightly open to allow moisture to escape. Those who do not want to wait for weeks or use the oven and are willing to invest a little money, can buy a dehydrator that dries the fruit within six to ten hours at a price between 60-80 USD.
Once the fruits, oranges and lemons are completely dry, they must be cut into uniform pieces, using commercial scissors. The pieces should not be too large, so that the tea can be mixed better. The lemongrass or limonaria dry, it is also cut into small pieces and the ingredients are mixed thoroughly and stored in a dry and dark place in an airtight container.
Spices like cinnamon or vanilla can be added to taste and give it a special touch. And if you want to have an exotic touch in your tea, peaches or pears can be substituted for pineapple and mango.
How to prepare a fruit infusion
The preparation is easy, it takes about 1.5 grams of tea mix per cup, pour the fruit with almost boiling water and let it rest for about ten minutes. You can choose if you want to use a tea filter or not.
Generally when it comes to fruit infusions, we recommend that they also eat the remains of dehydrated fruits (all our fruit infusions are organic ).
The resting time depends on the intensity of the infusion, so for a stronger flavor it should take more time and for a lighter flavor, leave it less time. An advantage is that the fruit infusion is not in danger of becoming bitter like Green Tea either black tea. Or tasteless like linden or the bamboo.
By following the process, you can learn how to make an infusion of cinnamon , turmeric, star anise, oregano, lemon verbena or a host of other herbs combined with your favorite fruits. For everything you need to prepare your organic teas.