Tea of the Week for July 17, 2017: Passion Fruit de la Crème White Tea!
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Tea Description: I've not done a passion fruit tea before - so I thought it was about time to change that! Because passion fruit tends to be a tart fruit, I thought the perfect tea base would be a sweet Bai Mu Dan from the Yunnan Province. Then I added some vanilla bean for some extra sweetness and a touch of creaminess.
This is really quite nice, I love the way the sweeter components soften the tart fruit just enough so I'm not puckering - but not so much that it obscures the flavor of the fruit. It's going to make a really lovely summertime refresher!
ingredients: white tea & candied (sugared) dried passion fruit
organic ingredients: passion flower, calendula petals, vanilla bean & natural ingredients
Wow - this is really nice.
I'm not big on passion fruit. Oh sure, I like it but before I blended this tea, I've only really had it in other flavored teas or in juice form and it was usually blended with other fruits (usually citrus). I've never actually taken a lot of notice of passion fruit otherwise, but I do like passion fruit tea so I wanted to craft one.
So I started searching for dried passion fruit. Every freeze-dried passion fruit I could find was in powder form and that wouldn't do well with my needs - so I went with air-dried passion fruit. The only passion fruit that I could find that looked even partially appealing (they aren't the most beautiful of fruits, are they?) was one that was candied (sugared) so I went with that. They arrived whole, which meant I needed to cut them into small bits. Not a big deal, until I actually cut into one and found the clusters of seeds. They were clumped together with the gummy membrane of the fruit - and since the seeds are edible, I added them to the tea.
After the amount of work that is required to add passion fruit to tea, I don't know how often I'll actually be making other passion fruit teas - but I definitely am enjoying the 'fruits of my labor' as I sit here sipping this tea. It's quite lovely! Beautifully fruity, pleasantly tart and delightfully sweet.
to brew: this tea is difficult to measure unless you measure by weight and since I don't (I know, I need to start!) - use 2 teaspoons of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (165°F) and steep for 3 1/2 minutes. Strain and let cool for 5 minutes.
This is one that tastes phenomenal iced - so I highly recommend going iced with this one. Also - don't forget to resteep the leaves!