Cherries are one of the most lusciously appetizing fruits with good hydrating intensity. Brewing them to make varying types of cherry teas can positively give a healthy, toothsome and a juicy beverage! Below is a detailed exploration of cherry teas and all its varieties.
Cherry Blossom Tea
Sakura tea, the cherry blossom tea is a traditional Japanese infusion, herbal tea usually served at ceremonies like wedding celebrations and others. It has been delighted upon by the East Asians for many generations. The Sakura tea is produced by immersing cherry blossom flowers in Japanese plum vinegar and pickled with salt. The petals of cherry blossoms are harvested during spring, the period of cherry tree bloom. Eventually, it is dried, stored in sealed packets and sold. The pickled cherry blossoms should then be steeped in boiled water to produce the slightly salty cherry blossom tea. It might even give light sweet tinges. The petals beautifully unfurl in hot water.
What is Cherry Blossoms Tea good for?
The byproduct- plum vinegar extract of cherry blossom has been studied as a strong antioxidant. It has great superoxide anion scavenging activity. Thus, cherry blossoms tea inhibits oxidation and safeguards the body cells from free radicals.
Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-ageing
Cherry Blossom Tea is charged with anti-inflammatory properties. Consequently, it cleanses the skin of toxins and diminishes pigmentation. Packed with fatty acids, it nurtures glossy, elegant skin. It may even be helpful to regenerate skin facilitating wrinkle reduction.
Coffee Cherry Tea
Cascara, commonly referred to as coffee cherry tea, is made from the dried skins of the coffee fruit. The meaning of Cascara is “husks or “peel” in Spanish. The skin is garnered after extraction of the coffee beans. The remaining dried berries of the coffee plant are picked as well for the production of cascara. This harvested product is subsequently dried and put into packaging.
Known as Sultana, there, the coffee cherry tea is a common drink to the natives of Bolivia. After the sun-drying process, it is lightly toasted too. Although the peel and berries are a wasted by-product in most parts of the world, this extract has been in consumption in Yemen and Ethiopia since years as a variant qishr and hashara respectively.
The cherry coffee tea relishes a sweet- fruity, cherry-flavored delight. It is often steeped with spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Contrary to the assumption, the coffee cherries contain nearly a quarter level of caffeine of coffee. The cascara has adequately risen in demand in the US.
Making of Coffee cherry tea
You may use 1 tablespoon of coffee cherry loose tea for 6 ounces of water and steep it for approximately 5-7 minutes. You may even serve it iced if preferred. The coffee cherry tea appeals the eye with its rich dark red color.
What is Coffee Cherry Tea good for?
Research has derived that the coffee cherry extract may increase processing speed, sustained attention and focus. 71 adults with mild cognitive decline like working memory processes were studied for 28 days. Participants on the coffee cherry extracts had significant reductions in reaction time compared to the placebo group. Hence, consumption of coffee cherry tea may help with cognitive health, improved reactions and accuracy.
Aids Digestive System
The cascara tea may aid with the reduction of constipation due to its colon cleansing properties. It may also assist in getting rid of gastric problems.
Skin and Hair Care
The hydrating properties of the coffee cherry tea may succor to maintain the skin moisture and eliminate blemishes. One may benefit from smoother skin. Your hair needs correct nutrients to grow and shine. Filled with vitamin B, potassium magnesium and calcium, the coffee cherry tea may promote hair growth too.
Black Cherry Tea
The black cherry tea is a delectable herbal, fruit-flavored tea made from peculiar cherries. It is slightly dissimilar to the regular black cherries but quite identical to chokeberries. Nevertheless, it is flavorsome and may be blended with other ingredients like hibiscus, rosehips and berries. Often provided in tea bags it imparts tart impression with the sweetness of cherries.
What is Black Cherry Tea Good For?
Combat Oxidative Stress
Black cherries have anti-oxidative properties. Unchecked free radicals cause oxidation, damaging the cells attacking the body defense. Thus the antioxidants contained in black cherries reduce the oxidative stress. Accordingly, consumption of black cherry tea might help in neutralizing free radicals and high blood pressure.
Tackle cardiovascular disease and Insomnia
The black cherries carry melatonin which efficiently reduces the risk of stroke by lowering blood lipid levels. It also protects the arterial walls from damage. The anthocyanin components present in black cherries are protective agents to heart disease. The significant melatonin also promotes natural, sound sleep. In consequence, black cherry tea may be beneficial for heart health and insomnia.
Protection of Skin and Hair
The fruit contains approximately 75% water charged with other nutrients as well. This leads to hydration of the entire body keeping the skin clear and moist. Minerals like zinc, selenium and copper sufficiently present in black cherries help to maintain skin health. Anthocyanin- a strong antioxidant protects the skin from sun-damage, harm by free radicals and cancer. Black cherry tea is a good source of iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and zincs which all foster hair growth.
Traditionally, black cherry teas are used for respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. The bark of black cherry has cough suppressant properties. It may also help in the treatment of arthritis and prevent cancer.
Thus, black cherry is good for health.
How to Make Cherry Tea?
Black Cherry Tea- Iced
- 16 ounces of water
- 1lb fresh black cherries
- 1 cup of sugar
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2-3whole star anise
- Black or green tea bags steeped in water
- Mint sprig
- In a medium-sized saucepan bring water to boil. Add the cherries, lemon juice and star anise.
- On low heat, simmer the cherries for a quarter-hour while crushing them. Add sugar.
- Add the black tea or green tea (whichever is preferred). Turn off the flame. Let it cool.
- Strain the liquid
- Refrigerate it.
- Serve with a mint garnish.
Cherry Ginger Tea
- 1cup of pitted cherries
- A piece of buff peeled ginger
- 3-4 tablespoon of sugar
- 12 ounces of water
- 3 green tea bags
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Slice the ginger and mix it with water and cherries in a glass bowl.
- Sprinkle sugar.
- Refrigerate it for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Prepare green tea by steeping the bags in hot water and later discarding the bags
- Transfer in a pitcher
- Strain the cherry ginger water in a pitcher of green tea
- Add lemon juice (optional)
In this blog, the benefits, how to make cherry tea and the types of cherry tea have been elaborated. It is a delicious, health aggrandizing herbal tea. Cherry teas exhibit strong anti-oxidizing properties, defending the body from certain diseases. It certainly should be on any tea lover’s must-try list!