How To Make Apple Tea?
Have you ever heard of the apple tea? It is known worldwide for the health benefits it has. Basically it is made from black tea that is enhanced with the flavour of apples. The tea tastes good both light and strong and many people prefer having it as their mid-morning snack. The amount of sweet apples used in the tea is less to ensure that the natural flavour of black tea is not affected. Certain variants of this tea also contain cloves, cinnamon and chamomile.
In Turkey, the apple tea is immensely popular and is considered to be a national staple drink. In that country ordinary tea and coffee are not favoured to that extent; they love exotic variants. So much that most tea houses in Turkey have the tea pots always on the flame! This makes a cup of the tea readily available to customers and they need not wait for it. Such is the demand for this tea.
It is used as an accompaniment to meals in most households. In the winters it is consumed hot. You can find leaves of lemon, hibiscus, pineapples and blackberry added to it in winters. This how they drive away the chills during winter season. Summers are blazing hot in Turkey but apple tea is consumed! How? Well, it is taken in the form of an ice tea!
What does apple tea contain?
It has a lot of constituents like antioxidants (catechin, quercetin), minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium), amino acids and vitamins C,E and B. These are the reasons behind the health benefits this tea has to offer.
Making apple tea:
You can brew the apple tea in two different ways and they are as follows:
- To a cup of boiled water add 1 teaspoon of loose apple tea leaves. Allow it to steep for 3-4 minutes and then strain it with the help of a strainer you can sweeten it with honey for a good flavour.
- Apple tea can be combined with black tea by adding dried slices of apple to freshly brewed black tea. Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes and then you are ready to enjoy your cup of apple tea.
Benefits of apple tea
- It helps in strengthening the immune system.
- It helps fight arthritis and inflammations of other kinds.
- It can help in preventing certain kinds of cancer like lung, colon and prostate due to the quercetin content.
- It helps in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol. The presence of phytonutrients helps in getting rid of arterial plaques.
- The presence of flavonoids in the tea helps in lowering the chances of cardiovascular illnesses.
- The functioning ability of the lungs is enhanced because of the vitamins present in the tea.
Suggestions of making the tea for maximizing its benefits
Apple peel tea– Use dried apple peels that are mixed with lemon juice. It is a healthy alternative as they are a lot of extra vitamins and minerals that are found under the peels.
Spiced tea– To keep winter chills at bay, hot chamomile tea is infused with cinnamon and finely sliced apple!
Cider tea– Black tea with spices and apple cider along with a spoonful of honey helps in clearing a congested respiratory tract.
Chilled tea– Like I said before, in Turkey people have ice tea in summers. It is basically a tall glass of apple tea mixed with fresh apple juice. It is quite refreshing and hydrating. It also supplies essential minerals like potassium and magnesium.
Seems to be a good bet for both summers and winters!
Are you going to try some apple tea?
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