Fresh Fruits & Dried Fruits are all good fruits
In seasons when fruits are available, we better eat them fresh. Nothing will match the flavour of those freshly picked fruits. As such also in making desserts, beverages and cooking, better use those fruits fresh as ingredients in whatever we wish to prepare. Use those seasonal fruits in salads, in sauces, in the cooking with sseasonal meats, or in making vegan curries and stews and of course in the making of those fabulous seasonal desserts. But don’t stop there, why not also add those into the teas? Yes why limit yourself to only the juicing of those fruits, add them as is to tea, or juice some and chop some and add all to tea. Tea like food can be hot or cold, so iced teas too will benefit from some fruit juices and some chopped fruits. Refreshing, delicious and very fragrant.
Once fruits are about to go out of season, we preserve them by drying them. As such we will have more of them and still enjoy them when not in season. The dried fruits become so concentrated in flavour that they accentuate anything you add them to, lending a deep and full bodied flavour to the food. They will do just that to teas as well. So as you would use fresh fruits with tea, you can add dried fruits instead. This here is a recipe where it’s a general guideline but very open to your take. Make it with juice, without juice with dried fruit or with fresh fruits, with or without spices…. go according to season and what is available then.
Almost a dessert on its own!! Serve this tea with vanilla or chocolate sponges. It is also great with Angel Food Cakes especially almond & Honey Angel Food Cakes. It is an excellent hot beverage to serve when entertaining.