Blueberries hands down are my fave thing to have handy in the freezer. There have been many a times I made a smoothie that looked like mud and blueberries are my savior. They turn it a great shade of reddish purple and help cover any super strong spinach flavor. Seriously.. thank you blueberries for helping me
lie encourage my kids to drink healthy smoothies.
Moms Meet & Wild Blueberry Association of North America teamed up to have bloggers everywhere enjoy these tasty, wild blueberries. What was the first thing i did? I went out and bought the biggest bag of frozen wild blueberries I could find! In this case it was Wyman’s of Maine. We did everything with them – added them to pancakes, smoothies, yogurt, granola and some homemade ice cream. (disclaimer – if you have a little one and they eat a ton – be prepared for their.. um.. poop to uh.. turn dark. Cmon parenting is full of these lessons right?!)
Then I started to do some research about what exactly makes these little buggers so amazing:
- 99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste.
- Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet
- Wild Blueberries are called “Wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years.
- Blueberries contain antioxidants, are low in fat and contain vitamin c.
Then came the task of creating something interesting with my blueberries. While doing some research I found everything from pickled blueberries, blueberry onion jam and a bunch of marinades. I wanted to create something that screamed summer. I also wanted to create something that encouraged eating blueberries while maintaining their health benefits.
Spiced Blueberry Green Tea
6-8 bags of your favorite green tea (I chose my fave – Organic India Tulsi Green Tea)
1-3 sticks cinnamon (depends on how strong a cinnamon flavor you want)
2 tablespoons lavender
1 1/2″ – 2″ fresh Ginger (peeled and sliced)
1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
8 -12 cups filtered water (really just depends how big your container/how much you want to make!)
The key to “brewing” this tea isn’t brewing at all. I call it refrigerator tea… Everything basically gets put in a pitcher and is ready to go within a few hours.
- create your spice pouch. Cut approx 5×5 square of cheesecloth. Place the cinnamon, ginger and lavender and tie closed with the twine.
- create your blueberry pouch. Cut another 5×5 square of cheesecloth and tie your blueberries up in it.
- Fill your container with the filtered water.
- Add in your teabags, spice packet and blueberry pouch and give it a stir.
Immediately you notice the blueberries turning the water a lovely red/purple! Place it in your refrigerator overnight. Here is where you can get creative. Want a super spiced tea – keep everything steeping for 24 hours. Want a lightly spiced blueberry green tea – only leave it in a few hours. Same thing goes for the spice pouch. More ginger if you love ginger, more lavender if you love lavender. If you want a sweeter tea I suggest taking the blueberries out and giving them a quick spin in your vitamix and adding that to your glasses before you pour the tea. Talk about beautiful!
Oh and if this is the first time you’re cooking with dried lavender.. don’t worry it’s completely okay to eat!
Everyone in my family loved it! Even my hate-to-try-new-things boys.. they were all about it! This will be our summer staple. The health benefits of Wild Blueberries, green tea and no added sugar. WIN!
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