Bold with full berry flavor. Soft underlying creamy notes belie a tart character.
Deep burgundy red
Hibiscus petals, Rosehip chips, Raisins, Dried Currants, Natural Flavors
Caffeine free herb and fruit tea - what could be better! The hibiscus adds a tart dimension to the blend which makes it very refreshing. The rosehip chips add a mellow smoothness to the tea plus an excellent boost of Vitamin C while the currants give the tea a very distinctive character - black for fruitiness and red currants for `bite' and tangy flavor. Even though the raisins impart a natural sweetness, you still might want to add a dash of sugar. Hibiscus which has traditionally been associated with `grace and beauty' is a plant that is native to Africa. The calyces, which form the outer protective covering of the flowers buds are dried and used to make a rosy, citrus-flavored tea. Rosehips have been used for centuries in tea and food preparation. Literature has recorded Native Americans using rose hips in their cooking. Other literature has indicated the rose hips are rich in vitamin C, E, and K and have been used over the millennia to ward off infections and relieve sore throats. Currants are also very popular and have been used in infusions for centuries. For a terrific hot drink garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange and instead of using white sugar try brown sugar. The cinnamon gives a lovely spice hint and the orange brightens up the berry character. For a summer time drink Black Bear Berry iced is hard to beat. It is refreshing and thirst quenching and not overly sweet. For formal times garnish the glass with a strawberry and a sprig of mint - for non formal times pour it into your glass and enjoy it gulp after gulp! For your young children - get popsicle forms and freeze lightly sweeten Black Bear Berry. By virtue of the fact this drink does not contain any tea (from the camellia sinensis plant) and is a special blend of fruits and herbs it is caffeine free! An additional benefit is this `tea' contains Vitamin C, E and K. What could be better - a health drink that tastes GREAT!
FOR HOT TEA:
Place 1.5 to 2 tsp. of Berry Berry per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into the teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes (or longer - longer steeping time = more intense flavor). Pour into a cup and add sugar to taste. **do not add milk - the milk will curdle due to the ingredients in this blend. Sugar is recommended as it accentuates the natural flavors.
FOR COLD TEA:
Do Not Pour Hot Liquid directly into a Glass Pitcher (makes 1 quart/liter)- Put 12-15 teaspoons of Berry Berry into a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes or longer. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the pitcher straining the ingredients. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.