Sweet and sour, rich and tart, yellow and pink, red and black, cherries are one of the most versatile categories of fruits. And then, there is more. From blossoms to types that technically have nothing to do with real cherries, but are still great enough to carry the name – read what are the best types of cherry tea you should try at least once in life.

What is cherry tea?

Today, cherry fruit tea is one of the most popular fruit tea flavors. What we usually consider being the real cherry tea is a fruit tea made with dried cherry fruits. It’s caffeine free and has a strong, sweet and sometimes lightly sour flavor. Cherry tea is one of the most popular fruit teas in the world, and often available in tea bags and in loose leaf form.

There are many different types of cherries – from sweet ones to very sour ones. Sweet cherries are usually bigger than sour cherries and often eaten raw. Although you may eat sour raw cherries too (and many people do), it’s mostly used for making jams, syrups and alcoholic beverages.

1. Cherry blossom tea

This unique tea comes from Japan, a country of cherry blossom. Sakura or cherry blossom is one of the most popular spring flavors, and tea is no exception. In fact, there are many of them. Pure cherry blossom tea, however, is salty. It’s made with pressed and flattened real pink cherry blossoms preserved in salt. This tea is salty and lightly sour, but very light. In hot water, cherry blossoms expand into beautiful transparent flowers. One to three blossom per cup are enough to make a unique and delicious cup of tea literally blooming with flavor. Other type of cherry blossom tea is flavored green tea, usually sencha, with small sugared unopened cherry blossoms, perfect for making cold brewed of iced tea.

2. Cherry hibiscus tea

When two tarty ingredients blend, a result can’t be anything but delicious. Add a bit of sweetness, and a few other flavorful berries to delicate hibiscus and rich cherry and you have the best base for making a liquid cherry tart. How? Cherry Hibiscus tea is one of rare teas that are so rich and flavorful they can be served with – whipped cream.  Try blending it with black tea and making iced tea.

Cherry T herbal tea with cherries, hibiscus and other berries

3. Black cherry tea

This delicious fruit tea is made from a special type of cherries that are a close relative of chokeberries. They are different from regular real black cherries, but none the less delicious. Black cherry tea is often available in tea bags. Tea shares the sweetness of real cherries and light tartness. Black cherry or Prunus serotina has anti oxidative properties and may help with high blood pressure[1]. Traditionally they are used for respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases and gastrointestinal problems[2].

4. Coffee cherry tea

Coffee cherry tea or Coffee Cascara tea is a tea that has nothing to do with real cherries – or the other . This tea is herbal tea made from the skin of coffee fruit. Skins are dried once the coffee bean has been removed.  The name of the coffee fruit is – coffee cherry or coffee cascara. Interestingly, a dried coffee fruit skin even looks a bit like a dried cherry fruit. Coffee cherry tea is common in some coffee-producing countries, but quite unknown in the United States. It contains caffeine, but less than real coffee. The main use of coffee cherry tea is for a laxative activity.

 

Dislaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.

References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6270007/

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272513155_Nutritional_Value_and_Volatile_Compounds_of_Black_Cherry_Prunus_serotina_Seeds

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