Blueberry tea is a blend of blueberry flavor and black tea from Ceylon. This delightful combination is playfully complimented with dried blueberries. The variety of blueberry used for this preparation is generally the ‘highbush variety’. These blueberries make an aromatic tea as they are highly fragrant.
A delicate tart flavor is also one of the characteristics of blueberry tea. Highbush variety is usually preferred as it has a slight sweet taste with less juice. It is also famous as a light fruit punch with subtle flavor.
Background of Blueberry Flavored Tea
Blueberry tea is widely consumed in North America as this is the native place of this flavorful berry. However, in other countries as well, this tea is extremely liked because of is fruity flavor.
The beverage prepared with aromatic blueberries is a staple drink for Civil war soldiers in America due to its refreshing taste.
Preparation of Blueberry Tea
This tea is usually prepared as a cold beverage containing fresh berry flavor. Any black tea, generally Ceylon black tea is used in this preparation. Usually, black tea flavored with blueberry essence is commercially available in loose tea leaves or in tea bags, hence can be used for making the drink.
If fresh blueberry flavor is to be incorporated, then either frozen blueberries or dried blueberries can be used. For a nice iced tea, blueberries and lemon juice are blended and boiled until completely cooked. The mixture is then strained for liquid and pulp is discarded.
Tea is prepared by boiling the water and sugar together and steeping the tea leaves in it. Over-steeping may give strong flavor, hence avoided. To give the finishing touch to blueberry tea, the warm tea and blueberry juice are combined together in a large pitcher and kept in refrigerator to chill.
Hot tea infusion may also be prepared by using similar ingredients.
Serving Suggestions for Blueberry Flavored Tea
Iced tea with blueberry flavor is a nice beverage for hot summers. Chilled drink can also be served with vanilla cream for extra creamy taste. Raspberry leaves may also be added for aroma as well as health.
Blackberry Tea Benefits
Blueberries are the main ingredient of this tea blend, hence all its nutritive properties are present in the beverage prepared with them. Though blueberry flavor is available commercially, it is recommended to use fresh berries for complete nutrition. Some health benefits associated with the beverage are as follows:
- Blueberry is said to contain antioxidants more than other fruits and berries. Antioxidants help in neutralizing the free radicals and aid in fighting various cancers and aging process. Blueberry infusion is a good source of antioxidants that aid in improving vision and health of urinary tract as well.
- 3 or more cups of this wonder tea reduce the risk of heart strokes.
- It contains Vitamin A, K, manganese and beneficial dietary fiber. Many other necessary minerals are also present significantly in blueberry flavored tea.
A cocktail is also famous by the name Blueberry tea. It is a variation of popular drink ‘hot toddy’ and contains liqueurs and tea flavor.