Tea infusion prepared with a homemade tea blend poured in a glass tea cup.
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Rose and Dried Fruit Homemade Tea

Homemade tea blend with citrus, berries, apples, roses and white tea is an invigorating infusion of sweet fruity flavors and the lively taste of antioxidant rich white tea.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Keyword Herbal Tea, Homemade Tea, Teavana Tea
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 60 tea cups
Calories 5kcal
Author Roxana Begum, PhD, RD

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs each fresh fruit (apples, oranges, strawberry) for dehydrating and save the rest
  • 1 ½ cups orange dried, organic
  • 1 ½ cups apple dried, organic
  • 1 ½ cups strawberry dried, organic
  • 1 ½ cups roses dried, organic*
  • 2 cups white tea
  • 1/2 cup herbs dried, optional, (absinthium or wormwood, mint or your choice)

Instructions

DRIED FRUIT PREPARATION

  • Scrub the surface of the oranges and apples with a vegetable brush and rinse well. Rinse the strawberries very well and drain. Wipe the fruit surface dry using a paper towel.
  • Slice the fruits crosswise using a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife. Retain the peel and cut fruit into uniform 1/4-inch thick slices. Discard the end slices.
    Oranges being sliced using a mandolin slicer to be dried for making a homemade tea blend.
  • Then place the fruit slices on the food dehydrator trays. Stack the trays in the dehydrator and turn it on.
  • Next, let the fruit slices dehydrate until the fruit center is dry. Depending on the number of trays stacked, this may take six to eight hours or more.
    Orange slices arranged on trays inside a dehdrator.
  • To allow uniform drying of the slices, do remember to switch the order of the trays.
  • Once the fruit slices are dried well and crisp, break them into smaller pieces.

HOMEMADE TEA PREPARATION AND INFUSION

  • Using the suggested ratio, combine the dried fruits with the white tea and dried roses. You may add some dried herbs if you prefer.
  • Use hot water (but not boiling) as the tea may turn bitter due to the longer steeping time.
  • You may use two tbsp of the homemade tea blend per 1 cup hot water. Adjust as per your taste.
  • White tea can be steeped longer than black tea. It is recommended to steep the tea for 7 to 10 minutes.

Notes

  1. Do check out my homemade tea preparation tips above.  
  2. You can buy dried roses (culinary grade) from Persian/ middle eastern/other ethnic grocery stores or online.  
  3. Here is a detailed tutorial for white tea preparation.

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 60                  
Serving Size: 1 cup tea  
Calories - 5 kcals *  
The calories are an approximation based on similar commercial tea preparations, as it is difficult to estimate the amount of calories from the fruit sugars released. Nevertheless, they are minimal.
 

Nutrition

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