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Blueberry iced tea has become a popular choice among tea drinkers because of the zesty, thirst-quenching flavor and the natural medicinal properties that are present. In fact, more scientific studies are indicating health-related findings associated with consuming blueberries, in general.
Therefore, the health and wellness benefits from drinking flavored tea on a regular basis are two-fold.
First, this flavored blend is typically brewed from black or green tea, which contain antioxidant properties that promote good health.
Second, by adding blueberries to the beverage, drinkers benefit from even more disease fighting attributes. There is growing evidence that blueberries are powerful disease fighters.
According to researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center, blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases.
The blend can be easily prepared by adding dried, crushed blueberry leaves and/or dried or fresh berries to white or green tea during the brewing process. You can also make blueberry tea without combining it with other types of teas.
Immerse a teaspoon of crushed or torn leaves and/or a tablespoon of berries into a cup of boiling water. If you are using fresh blueberries, mash or cut them to extract as much of the natural juice as possible for your tea.
Then, steep for five or more minutes, based on your taste preferences. You will want to make your fruit tea strong if you are pouring it over ice, as the ice will further dilute your brew. Once you have your brew to the strength you want, strain out the leaves and fruit. Serve hot or over ice.
You may want to add some sugar, honey or flavored syrup to suit your palette. Note that you may need to experiment with the amount of leaves or berries you use for each cup you brew.
If you want a more time-efficient approach, purchase ready-made blueberry tea bags; though, they may not offer as many antioxidant properties as brewing your own tea. The fruity taste may not be as robust, either.
You can mix things up a bit by adding other flavors and additions to your blueberry tea. Try a bit of sweet cream in your cup or glass for a richer-bodied drink. Or, create your own fruit tea recipe by adding pomegranate juice, cherries or blackberries to your blueberry brew.
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