An Orchard in Your Teapot

Did you know that you could have an orchard in your teapot? Trust me, your fave tea loving little teapot, to give you the proof. TOOOT!

Awhile ago my ‘she’ human wrote about orchards in your teapot, basically as a way to promote teas sold by the company for whom she was working. But there are many more companies selling such teas. So I, your lovable little teapot, wanted to expand on that previous information.

There are three ways that you might have an orchard in your teapot:

Fruit in
Your Tea
Herbals Made
with Fruits
Teas with Natural Fruity Aroma and Flavor

Fruit in Your Tea


There’s an orchard in your teapot — at least there can be if you’re steeping a tea with fruit added in. Adding fruits to tea has been a tea tradition almost as long as there has been tea. (Say that three times fast, if you can.)

No, this is not how you add fruit to tea!
Bergamot

Oil of bergamot (a type of orange) that’s used to make Earl Grey tea is one of the most common. You can drink it hot, both plain and enhanced with milk and sweetener, or chilled. That unique, but non-fruity, flavor comes through either way. (And don’t worry about the milk curling. There isn’t enough citrus acidity to cause it.)

Lemon

Lemon is another fruit that’s commonly used in tea; you can now buy teas with the lemon flavoring already added. These pre-made lemon teas often also contain a lot of sweetener to offset the sourness of the lemon, so check the package label. Sugar and Stevia seem to be the two most commonly used.

Blueberries

One of the great things about teas with fruit added is they are fabulous chilled (or iced). If you use a fruit that is naturally sweet, that sweetness will take away any bitterness there might be in the tea. Try one with blueberries.

Cranberries

Cranberry is also great but can be hard to find since some tea vendors consider it seasonal, or you could make your own by adding some minced Craisins to the dried tea before steeping.

You can also mix up a tropical tea with mango, papaya, and passion fruit. Turkish Apple Tea is another great alternative, hot or cold.

Details here

A recent trend is bubble tea, made not only with tapioca balls, milk, and tea, but with fruit flavoring, including pineapple, honeydew, passion fruit, lemon, peach, grape, banana, and mango.

Read more about bubble tea on our site here.

Some Teas with Fruit Added*:

*All available through Davidson’s Tea. (We get no compensation for this link.)

An important note to keep in mind when you buy these teas: Buy from a vendor that sells in airtight containers. Pouches are best for loose teas (you can squeeze out excess air as you use up the tea), but the plastic needs to be thick enough to prevent aromas from escaping out or other aromas from leeching in. Flavor and fragrance are what fruit teas are mostly about. Don’t ruin your tea tasting experience by purchasing teas improperly packaged.

Hope this has given you a few options to start with as you begin your adventure into the world of fruit teas. Next time, I’ll be pointing out some tea-less fruit infusions for those who want to get away from caffeine.


Herbals Made with Fruits


Sometimes that orchard in your teapot isn’t tea, but a fruity infusion. Unlike the teas listed in Part I, these infusions are caffeine-free along with being naturally flavorful and often naturally sweet. Some are also quite healthful.

One of the frustrations when researching this was the number of companies that call their infusions by the term “tea.” I had to read the ingredients list carefully. If you, the consumer, are looking for an herbal, floral, or fruit infusion to avoid the caffeine in tea, this can be quite a dilemma. I did my best to determine that the infusions shown here are tea-free, and thus caffeine free.

Some Herbals Made with Fruits*:

*All available through Davidson’s Tea. (We get no compensation for this link.)

Steep up a potful to enjoy hot or to chill overnight and serve to your guests the next day. Either way, you will have a great tasting beverage. Enjoy!


Teas with Natural Fruity Aroma and Flavor


Some teas are so fruity tasting that they’re like an orchard in your teapot. Unlike teas that have pieces of fruit in them or fruit oils added to them, these teas have a natural fruity flavor. They are also real teas, not fruit-filled herbal infusions.

Muscat grapes

The most well-known of these “fruity” teas is Darjeeling. That “champagne-like” quality is actually fruitiness occurring from the way the tea leaves are grown, processed, and then steeped. The Second Flush Darjeelings, harvested during late Spring/early Summer and the second harvest of the growing season, have the most pronounced fruit notes (akin to Muscat grapes).

More delicate than Ceylon teas, Nilgiri teas (especially Nonsuch, Tiger Hill, and Glendale) are still Ceylon-like. Cooler mountain (5,000 to 8,500 feet above sea level) temperatures combined with plentiful rainfall are part of the secret to their taste. Fruity yet malty, Nonsuch Nilgiri makes a great breakfast tea. The first Nilgiri teas were planted in 1835 and commercially grown starting in 1859. Today, they are sought after by tea connoisseurs.

Keemun Congou is a black tea with a fruity taste that’s as complex as many wines are reported to be (as teetotalers, my humans take other people’s words for things like this). It steeps a bright and reddish liquid.

Some Teas with Natural Fruity Aroma and Flavor*:

*All available through Davidson’s Tea. (We get no compensation for this link.)

Go ahead and try one of these naturally fruity teas. The taste won’t fade as it does with teas processed with fruit oils, or overwhelm as teas containing dried fruit pieces do. Enjoy!


Bottom Line


You, dear tea loving humans, have choices. And that is a wonderful thing. You can enjoy the natural fruity and/or floral character in many teas or go for a more outspoken presence of actual fruit and/or flowers in addition to or instead of your tea. Either way, these flavors and aromas will enhance your time out with your tea or herbal infusion. And your teapot, as well as your tastebuds, will thank you. TOOOT!

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Hi, humans, this site is under my editorial excellence. I, your lovable and sassy Little Yellow Teapot, authors articles on tea, etc., and edit the occasional guest article. All in the interest of helping you humans have a better tea experience. TOOOT!

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