A cup of tea can be enjoyed with anything; breakfast, pizza, sandwiches, cake, and even strawberries. Here, we are going to take a look at some strawberry and tea pairings that are definitely worth the effort.
Tea matching not only heightens the senses by emphasizing the smells but also provides for a more engaging eating experience. The fruitiness of the tea and the strawberries, it turns out, complement each other’s tastes to the point where they taste like delicious candies. This combination, however, is contingent on the variety of strawberries used. Sweet strawberries provide even sweeter fruity candy flavors, whereas sour strawberries produce a sour fruit candy flavor.
Chamomile tea is a light-flavored herbal tea with mild floral overtones. With strawberry’s delicious fragrance and sweet-sour yet somewhat acidic flavor, it’s an excellent matching companion.
The most delicate variety of tea is white tea. Some white teas, such as high-grade silver needles, have a milder flavor, while others are stronger and better suited to steeping with tea. White Peony or Pai Mu Tan white tea, on the other hand, is ideal for experimentation. With traces of hay and flowery aromas, it has a darker color and flavor. It’s also delicious with pears or less sweet mango.
In the summer, green tea is ideal for preparing cold brews or iced tea. When you add a few pieces of fresh fruit to your cold brew, you’ll get a delicious and refreshing drink. Green teas may be divided into three categories: fresh, grassy steamed teas like Japanese sencha or kukicha, lighter pan-fired teas like Dragon Well, and stronger teas with a hint of smokiness like Yunnan, Chunmee, or Gunpowder.
Fresher and lighter components like strawberries or kiwi go well with Japanese sencha, whereas Chinese sencha may be mixed with even stronger and sweeter fruits. Smokier, stronger teas pair well with strawberries, peaches, and mangos, while lighter pan-fired teas pair well with blueberries, raspberries, and even dragon fruit. Stronger smoky teas, such as Young Hyson, will benefit from the addition of lemon slices and pomegranate arils.
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Although there are many different varieties of oolong tea, they may be divided into lighter greener types and stronger darker ones. Strong dark oolong teas, such as Qi Lan and Red Robe, can have roasted and ripe fruit flavors. Add plums, peaches, even ripe sweet cherries, medlar fruit, mulberries, or raisins to make it more flavorful. Lighter greener oolongs, such as green Tie Guan Yin, pair nicely with apricots, coconut, and melons.
The strongest form of tea is black tea. Almost any fruit may be used to improve it, depending on the flavor character. Earl grey bergamot tea is delicious with citrus fruits, including passion fruit, oranges, lemons, and pineapple. With some lemon cookies, you’ve got yourself a fantastic afternoon tea treat. Strawberry and mango work well with smoky Assam tea, while apricots, pears, and peaches go well with milder Indian and Sri Lankan teas.
Each and every fruit, like each tea, is unique. Make sure the fruit you choose is ripe before using it in your tea. The flavor of ripe fruits will be stronger. Next, if you’re steeping fruits with tea leaves, make sure they’re clean beforehand. Kiwi, pineapple, and mango are examples of fruits that should be peeled. Fruits like oranges, lemons, cherries, and peaches don’t need to be peeled, but organic varieties are a preferable choice. If you’re using sliced lemon instead of lemon juice, organic unwaxed lemons are a better option.
Match teas and fruits with comparable flavor profiles to get the most out of your tea and fruit pairing. Fruits like bananas and coconut pair well with milkier oolongs. Dark chocolatey black tea pairs nicely with dried raisins, while lighter black teas with a hint of maltiness complements rich and sweet fruits like peaches and mangos.