I love this tea hot or cold. I originally bought it in a little boutique downtown- when I ran out I had to go online to find it’s source- which led me to this “totally tea- riffic” Canadian company!
Herb and fruit tea in some circles is considered a new type of tea. This particular tea was specially formulated to acknowledge the great taste and known health benefits of blueberries. In addition to the antioxidants in the blueberries, hibiscus brings the added benefits of Vitamin A and C to the blend. Bingo Blueberry will accommodate the tastes of people who want to experience a refreshing healthy new style drink without caffeine. It is excellent hot as a hot drink and simply dynamite as a cold drink. You will want to add a pinch of natural cane sugar as this accentuates the natural flavorings and brings out the subtle tastes of the dried berries.
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants. This property plus the fact that they taste great make them very popular. You might be interested to know that it is not simply the human race that thinks blueberries taste great. You might ask, how can we be sure of this... well, not many years ago a friend of ours by the name of Jeanine Vanbeveren was picking plump ripe juicy wild blueberries in the semi forested fields behind her house in Northern Ontario. Unbeknownst to her, a 400 pound black bear and her two cubs were doing the same thing on the other side of the thicket that separated the two parties. It seems that the bear's needs were greater than Jeanine's as when she became aware of the bears she beat a hasty retreat. PS. We sent Jeanine a pound of Bingo Blueberry after we formulated the blend with a little note reminding her that this is safe to drink.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 2 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of herb & fruit blend or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the herb & fruit blend. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced herb & fruit tea is to increase the strength of hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.