The 5 Best Fruit Teas on the Planet You Must Try
Looking for the best fruit teas on the planet? Delicious hot or cold, fruit teas are bursting with life and flavor. Fruit teas have no caffeine which makes it safe to drink any time of day or night. Fruit teas are not just about taste and aroma; they contain vitamins and minerals that are can give you a variety of health benefits and it is important to consider what you are looking for.
What Is Fruit Tea, or Tisane?
Popular fruit tea flavors include orange, peach, cherry, apple, blueberry, strawberry and raspberry. Made from combinations of fruits, as well as including herbs and spices, there are a wide range of fruit teas to try. Furthermore, fruit tea can be served hot and cold. In warmer months you can keep it chilled in the fridge and use it as a refreshing drink. Also, you can use cold-brewed teas to replace juice as a healthy low-calorie option. In the opposite cool seasons of fall and winter, our fruit teas can be used to relax and warm us.
The Difference Between Tea and Fruit Tea
What is the difference between tea and fruit tea? Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis (tea leaves) whereas fruit teas are infusions made from fruits such as hibiscus, rosehips, and/or a variety of fruits, and do not contain tea. When you are buying fruit tea you’ll want to check what sort of blend it is. There are many blends with black/white/oolong/green tea which will have caffeine, but a fruit tisane has none.
So, which teas made it to our best fruit teas on the planet list? Let’s dive in.
5. Sweet Coconut Island
If you like the island taste of pina colada candy, then this is the tea for you! The smell is amazing – a rich, juicy smell from the pineapple and the coconut. Pineapples and the tea itself contain high amounts of antioxidants, including vitamin C. Antioxidants can fight oxidative stress that can cause different diseases, such as arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. We know there will be loads of vitamin C from the pineapple, but don’t discount the coconut. Shredded coconut contains iron, potassium, and fiber, which can balance blood sugars and improve digestion. Coconut contains lauric acid, which has powerful anti-bacterial properties that support immune health. Creamy and sweet, Zen Tea’s Sweet Coconut Island is a fruit herbal blend that is bound to make itself a permanent member of your tea shelf.
The only problem? Zen Tea no longer sells Coconut Island. For a few others to try that might eventually make it to this best fruit teas list, look at Hawaiian Islands’ Coconut Macadamia Herbal, Tealyra’s Pina Colada Cocktail, or Starbucks Refreshers Peach Passion Fruit with Coconut Water.
4. Southern Sunrise
This sunny tea is inspired by the Australian summer. With a mix of grapefruit, lemongrass, apple, and white hibiscus, this bright tea will lighten any mood or morning. The tantalizing aroma of fruity zest is present when T2’s Southern Sunrise is hot, the grapefruit present but not overwhelming. When chilled with ice, and accompanied by fresh orange and lemon slices, it is absolutely gorgeous.
3. Orange Ginger Fruit Tea
This tea is the best fruit tea to reduce stress and calm the mind. It is a fruit herbal blend with notes of ginger, citrus, and wood chips. As a result, it has been described as having “…gingery warmth combined with citrusy freshness”. Ginger tea has a soothing effect on the mind and body. Furthermore, if you’re suffering from nausea, ginger tea can help. The ginger root contains a number of chemicals, but gingerols and shogaols are the most important when it comes to dealing with an upset stomach. Orange Ginger by Samovar shines as a warm tangy fruit tea. The slight woodsy scent evokes a sense of warmth, while the orange gives the ginger a brightness that lifts your spirits up. A wonderful addition to any tea collection.
2. Dragon Fruit Cranberry from Cuppa’T
Dragon Fruit Cranberry Tea has slices of dragon fruit and whole dried cranberries. As this exotic fruit pops up more often, I look forward to tasting a variety of new flavor combinations.
Dragon fruit is becoming more popular, and this particular tea champions its great taste and aroma. Grown in tropical and subtropical regions in Asia and South America, the dragon fruit’s skin is cactus-like, looking like the scales of a mythical dragon. The fruit is full of nutrients, and has many rich and natural properties. A bright reddish-pink tea, dragon fruit boosts your metabolism, and cranberries give you plenty of antioxidants for a healthy and tasty fruit tea.
1. The Best Fruit Tea on the Planet? Superfruit from Teapigs
Looking to cool down on a hot day? Superfruit is tart and sweet, perfect for the end of a warm day of gardening, or relaxing on the balcony after work. Superfruit by Teapigs blends together elderberry, blueberry, currant, cranberry, and hibiscus. Cold-brewing this tea will place the focus of flavor on the berries and less on the hibiscus which gives it a delightful freshness.
An especially great question is “how do I cold-brew?”. It’s not as hard as you think! Combine loose-leaf tea or whole tea bags and water in a pitcher, then let the tea infuse the water for 6-12 hours in the refrigerator. Strain, and you have cold-brew tea that tastes great!
One More For the Best Fruit Tea List…
My personal favorite is TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo. When I first tried this tea, I was shocked at the flavor – I mean, what’s a pomelo? (A varietal of the grapefruit family, I’ve since learned).
I initially discovered this delicious fruit tea after the company won an herbal tea award for this specific flavor. Since then, I’ve gone out of my way to find teas similar to this – although frankly, there aren’t a lot. Bamboo Buddha from Zen Tea is close (and easier to get your hands on if you’re in Canada), or Herbal Infusion’s Eucalyptus Grapefruit.
Another fruit tea worth mentioning? Forever Nuts from DAVIDs Tea. I’ve run into this tea often in my travels, although it’s often called something else. Okay, so you don’t want to try it if you’re allergic to nuts. If you want apple pie in a cup though? Steep some up.
What’s Your Favorite Fruit Tea?
Did it not make the list, or are you salivating over the options presented? We’d love to hear about your favorite fruit teas, where you buy them, and how you prepare them in the comments.