Fruit Tisanes are the “Non-Tea” of the Tea world. Often made from a blend of fruits, petals and sometimes herbs, fruit teas do not, in fact, contain any leaves from the Camellia sinensis plants, and as such, are not technically “teas” in the most conventional sense.
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Nevertheless, the industry has long elevated the status of a fruit tisane, and so dubbed it the “honourary Tea”. The same goes for herbal teas, which again do not contain leaves from the plant.
In many respects, the Fruit Tisane predates so-called “real” Tea. Ancient civilisations had consumed fruity and herbal infusions long before the discovery of Tea in 2737 BCE. However, their popularisation is a fundamentally American story.
Fruit tisanes and their Herbal counterparts became immensely popular during the American Revolution (1775-1783) when British blockades surrounding the continent led to difficulties in importing tea. Perhaps most notable, however, is the fact that, in many ways, tea sparked the beginning of the American Revolution in the first place - in many ways, this humble brew gave rise to a new nation.
In 1773, just before the outbreak of war, then-British colonists, most of whom disillusioned with the crown, dumped 242 chests of green tea into the Boston Harbor in protest of taxation on tea. With it being a quintessentially British beverage, the soon-to-be American citizens wanted an alternative. That alternative was the fruit tisane.
Since those early days, fruit tisanes of various flavours and combinations have exploded onto the market. The possibilities are nearly endless, with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company hosting a wide range of choice. To name just some examples, we have Tropical Fruit Tisane, Apple Crumble Fruit Tisane, Blueberry Fizz Fruit Tisane and Winter Romance Fruit Tisane.
While occasionally ingredients in these fruit teas may be similar, the overall flavour of each individual brew seldom is. The versatility of all fruit (and Herbal!) teas means a vast multitude of possibilities. And best of all, for those who have a sweet-tooth, Fruit Tisanes are a viable alternative to sugary treats such as soft drinks and indulgent foods. Who knows - you may even lose weight with your morning brew!
So, which fruit tisane is for you? Find out today with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where all of our products are packed fresh to order, thus ensuring both quality and consistency. What’s more, all of our fruit tisanes, quite simply, taste great!