Berry Mélange Fruit and Herb Tisane
a richly flavored whole fruit blend composed of dark berries, hibiscus and rosehip
Berry Mélange is an intensely fruity and full of sumptuous dark berry flavor. The combination of dried cranberry, elderberry, bilberry (European blueberries), raspberry, and blueberry is complemented by tangy hibiscus and rosehip.
This intoxicating blend of berries and hibiscus has a delicious, sweet aroma and steeps to a beautiful deep rose color. The overall cup is sweet with tart notes and satisfying berry flavor.
As a fruit and herb tisane, Berry Mélange Fruit and Herb Tisane is naturally caffeine-free.
The dark berries included in this blend are known for their high levels of antioxidants which help protect cells against free radicals which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Hibiscus is power-packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C. Traditionally, hibiscus has been used to lower high blood pressure and recent studies show its effectiveness.
Rose hips, also high in antioxidants, contain vitamins C, E, and B and possess anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anticancer benefits.
Berry Mélange Fruit and Herb Tisane is enjoyable served hot and is excellent served over ice. Due to the inclusion of hibiscus petals, the addition of sugar or sweetener is encouraged. Adding cow’s milk to this fruity tisane is not recommended as it would curdle.
Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one to two heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per one cup water into a tea filter or into an infuser of your choice. Keep in mind, the infuser you choose must be large enough to allow the tea leaves to swell and unfurl. This allows the tea leaves to release their full flavor. Place filter into teapot or mug. Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil then pour into teapot or mug. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove the filter and discard or remove infuser and discard tea leaves. Garnish as desired with sugar, honey, sweetener and/or lemon slices.
Measure six heaping teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Bring 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil. Immediately pour boiled water over filter into teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove filter and sweeten tea with ½ cup sugar if desired. Add 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a serving pitcher. Pour in prepared tea and mix well. Add 2 cups ice and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Measure four teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place inside a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Position filter so that the tea leaves will be submerged and the top hangs over the side of the jar or pitcher so that leaves do not spill out once water is added. Pour four cups of filtered or freshly drawn water over the filter. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 12-24 hours.
To serve this tisane hot, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.
It is not recommended to steep fruit and herb tisanes like Berry Mélange more than once.
Store Berry Mélange Fruit and Herb Tisane in a cool, dry place away from bright light. Store up to one year under proper conditions.
Ingredients: cranberries, elderberries, bilberries, raspberries, blueberries, hibiscus petals, rosehips and natural flavor
Try this recipe featuring Berry Mélange Fruit and Herb Tisane
Winter Fruit Punch
Although this delicious punch has "winter" in its name, it is delightful year round
3 tablespoon Berry Mélange whole fruit blend
4 cups water
½ cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
2/3 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
2-3 cups ginger ale
Measure Berry Mélange whole fruit blend into #4 TeaBrew Filter (or divide between two #2 TeaBrew filters). Temper large tea pot or heat-resistant pitcher. (To temper a pot or pitcher, simply fill with very hot tap water and allow to sit until vessel material is warmed. Once warm, empty the water from the pot or pitcher.) Place tea filter in pot or pitcher. Set aside.
Bring 4 cups of fresh, filtered water to a boil. Carefully, pour water over the filter into the tea pot or pitcher. Position top of filter so that the tea is completely submerged, but the top is easy to grab. Infuse 10 minutes. Remove filter. Add sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool completely.
Stir in orange juice, pineapple juice and lime juice. Chill at least one hour or until serving time.
Just before serving, pour in ginger ale and add the orange slices, lime slices and maraschino cherries.