Hibiscus Raspberry Green Tea

by lydia on September 5, 2013

I love tea, hot tea, iced tea, blends of tea -just love tea!¬† I also love green tea blended with other flavors since I don’t like it so much by itself. In looking for yummy tea blends in the store, I found that almost all of them had undesirable ingredients, like raspberry flavor, citric acid or some other ‘flavor’. I’ve read that anything that contains ‘flavor’ should be questioned. Especially, raspberry flavor -did you know that it comes from the excretion of beaver anal glands?¬† Yup! Now, I’m all about the whole ‘head-to-tail’ thing, and not wasting any part of an animal. But beaver anal gland juice? No thanks!

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The nice thing about this tea is the benefits from the tea and herbs, along with the slight boost from the green tea. It’s a perfect mid-afternoon pick me up! And quite refreshing to boot! I buy all my tea and herbs in bulk these days, it’s much more cost effective in the long run. I do have a local health food store that sells most of the ingredients for this tea blend. However, I prefer to purchase my tea and herbs from my affiliate partner Mountain Rose Herbs when I can and buy in bulk, as it saves money in the long run.

Dried Raspberries can be purchased many places, I’ve gotten mine from Trader Joe’s in 1.2 ounce bags. Make sure you include the little pillow pack or fresh pack that comes in the bag of dried raspberries in your jar of tea blend. This will help the raspberries from losing their crisp dryness.

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 Hibiscus Raspberry Green Tea

6 teaspoons green tea (make sure to use a green tea that you like – I used Gunpowder Green Tea)

6 teaspoons chamomile (optional)

1/2 cup hibiscus flowers

6 teaspoons orange peel (optional)

1-2 ounces dried raspberries, crushed a bit

6-8 teaspoons green leaf stevia (optional)

Blend all together in a mason jar, (make sure to include the little white fresh pack from your bag of dried raspberries) place the lid on and shake to combine. Use about 4-6 teaspoons to make one quart of tea if you are going to make it iced. Steep 3 minutes -no more! Or use 1 heaping teaspoon to have a cup of hot hibiscus raspberry tea. Enjoy!

 

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Christina September 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Unless your local health-food store is Whole Foods or other corporate giant, your purposeful, public, snub of your local health-food store struck me as a troubling dissonant note in an otherwise interesting and informative post. Don’t get me wrong, I am fine with Mountain Rose, I like their products and I use them myself and I am not even compensated for it. However, seems important to note that if we want our local small merchants to stay in business, for ourselves and for our neighbors, we must patronize them at least a little bit… consider buying the occasional book at your local independent bookseller instead of Amazon. Get a few products are your local health-food store or farm stand rather than from any large supplier on the internet or large local Big-Box store, etc. Benefit your local community with your purchasing decisions, at least for some of the commonly available items, even if they cost a little more, in the long run the benefit will accrue to you in turn.

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lydia November 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Christina,

No snubbing here – I do both, buy small amounts from my local health food store and buy in bulk for many items I use repeatedly. I do what I have to do. I’m there every week just about and am happy to benefit my local community while also trying to manage my budget as effectively as possible. We all do the best we can!

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Heather November 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi Lydia. The orange peel you are talking about, is that the “bitter orange peel” on MRH website?

Thank you!!

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lydia November 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

It is from MRH but it does not say bitter – it says ‘citrus sinensis’ on the package under Orange Peel. Hope that helps!

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Heather December 2, 2013 at 12:31 am

hmm…I can’t find anything but “bitter”. I will have to call tomorrow. Thank you!

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