Pungent and fruity, black currant tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea that is made of the leaves and fruit of the black currant plant. The tea has a dark purple color and a full-bodied taste reminiscent of fresh berries.
Packed with vitamins, black currants and the leaves of the black currant shrub are prized for their therapeutic value. In addition to tea made of the berries and leaves of the black currant bush, you can also find black tea flavored with the leaves of the black currant bush.
Health Benefits of Black Currant
Black currants has been used since the Middle Ages to treat a variety of ailments. It is known to stimulate digestion and improve the functioning of the liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas.
The abbot Bailley de Montaran of the Dijon Monastery was the first person to publicly present the health benefits and tonic qualities of black currant. Nutrients of the berry include the following.
Anthocyanins are compounds that are naturally found in berries. They reduce inflammation and may be helpful in treating arthritis.
Since they are rich with anthocyanins, black currants may may help complement and/or potentially replace anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen in some people. The leaves of the black currant bush may be beneficial for people suffering from oliguria due to their diuretic properties.
Additionally, drinking black currant tea may be helpful in treating and preventing several other diseases and conditions including cardiovascular disease, diarrhea, dysentery, cancer, allergies, and asthma. Black currants are also known to improve circulation in menopausal women.
Black currants can be consumed in several ways but they are very pleasant when infused and served as tea. The tea is delicious when served hot with a sweetener or chilled over ice.
To make tea with black currant leaves, add two teaspoons of the chopped leaves to 250ml of boiled water and let them soak for a few minutes.
To make tea from the dried fruits of the black currant bush, add a teaspoon of the dried fruits to 250ml of water and put it over the stove until it boils.
After the water starts bubbling, turn off the heat and let the black currants infuse for around 30 minutes. Or to maximize your enjoyment of the herbal tea and its health benefits, mix the dried fruit with the leaves and infuse them together.