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 Post subject: Berries in teas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:23 am 
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I've been blending my own tea blends. Some of it's been a success (rooibos + roses + touch of lemon balm!), others not so much.

Specifically what I've really been having trouble with is achieving any sort of berry flavor. I'm pouring hot water over thinly sliced berries and it's barely yielding anything. I know part of the major brand secret is hibiscus, and I've added a bit of that, but I don't want it to taste just like hibiscus, I want it to taste like strawberries, at least a little. I've also tried raspberry leaves but they mostly just taste like green tea.

Any suggestions? At this point I'm suspecting I'd have to soak tea leaves in juice and dehydrate it, but that sounds like a PITA.


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 Post subject: Re: Berries in teas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:39 am 
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This isn't what you're looking for exactly but you can get dried elderberries and make tea from that, it makes a super dark, strong berry flavor and is awesome for colds and flu.

I wonder if you could use other dried berries in that way too?

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 Post subject: Re: Berries in teas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:57 am 
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Quarantined wrote:

I wonder if you could use other dried berries in that way too?


I've gotten teas that had visible dried cranberries or pieces of dried peach/apricot mixed in, so I suspect this would work. Or at least be worth trying. The one with cranberries also had little bits of dried orange peel. Oh man, now I really want to get that tea again.


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 Post subject: Re: Berries in teas
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:38 pm 
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Quarantined: thanks... I'll look into elderberries. Maybe I just need to give a more powerful berry background to bring the strawberries to the foreground. That's how that works, right? :)


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