The most popular hot beverages in Germany are fruit teas and herbal teas – to be precise, these are not technically teas, but rather infusions. Fruit tea is an infusion made from cut pieces of fruit and plants, which can either be fresh or dried.
By definition in the guidelines of German food law, fruit tea is a tea-like beverage as it is not produced using the same traditional method as for green tea or black tea. Plus, it does not come from the plants Camellia sinensis or Camellia assamica. In its pure form, fruit tea does not contain caffeine. Fruit tea is also particularly important to EILLES TEE, so take a minute to browse our offering at your leisure.
Unlike black and green tea, fruit tea does not naturally have an unusually stimulating effect. The infusion is primarily a welcome form of refreshment and quencher of thirst. Valuable plant components may include vitamins, trace elements and minerals.
No caffeine means no stimulating effect? Not necessarily. Fruit tea invigorates the senses and quenches your thirst. If you want to avoid sugar, this low-calorie beverage represents a delicious everyday alternative. Some drink it hot, others wait until it has cooled down. Iced fruit tea is particularly refreshing on hot days.
Unlike black tea and green tea, fruit tea is not produced using the traditional steps of picking, withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting. Depending on the type of fruit/plant, it is dried, mixed and combined. The desired result, either a pure variety or a blend, dictates the necessary steps.
There is not just one variety of fruit tea. From citrus fruits to apples to berries, the selection of fruit teas available in Germany is truly enormous – and new ones are added every season. The varieties on offer include whole dried or fresh fruits, loose teas and teabags. There are pure teas and blends, each optionally flavoured or not. EILLES TEE has a great variety on offer – give it a try!
A range of different fruits and plants are ideal for delicious fruit teas, either on their own or in combination. Almost everything is possible, and everything is allowed that goes well together, quenches thirst and tastes good. Most popular fruit teas:
Mallow (or hibiscus): Aromatically fruity, mildly acidic taste, deep red colour
Rose hip: Rich in vitamin C, rather mild taste
Apple: Fruity and sometimes tangy
Orange: Lively, very fruity, slightly acidic
Ingredients which go deliciously together include apple, sea buckthorn, passion fruit, aronia, peach, quince, lemongrass, calendula, elderflower, elderberry, cinnamon and ginger. For extra taste, you can’t go wrong with flavourings. They underscore the characteristics of the respective fruit and give the drink an additional boost.
Natural flavourings: Natural substances or extracts made from natural raw ingredients
Nature-identical flavourings: Replications of aromas encountered in nature reproduced using natural ingredients
Artificial flavourings: Not permitted in the German food industry
When stored dry and ideally in a dark place, fruit tea can normally be kept for about three years. In the case of flavoured fruit teas, two years is a better guideline.
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