24 August 2008

Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea - An Antioxidant Powerhouse

Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea
This time of year is a culinary dream for any self professed foodie out there. Our farmers markets, fruit stands and grocery stores are overflowing with the seasons fresh produce. Farmers markets are the ultimate way to support our local farmers, the 100-Mile Diet and just to eat locally. A Saturday morning visit starts the day off right. Here is where you can stop and chat with the local farmers, producers and bakers about how "their garden grows"; where you can taste fresh heirloom tomatoes and heritage plums; and support local small industry and crafters. There is some kind of huge satisfaction in bringing home myriads of fresh local produce with dreams of delicious meals on the table.The only thing that might surpass this feeling is growing it all yourself. If I can just find room for it all in my fridge I'm a happy camper!!!!! But aside from filling up your environmentally friendly cloth bags with impeccable ingredients you can chat with your neighbours, meet local artisans, or just sit down and watch people over a refreshing cherry lemonade, shrimp risotto cake, cinnamony baby doughnuts, perogies and sausage or buckwheat crepes with Nutella or farmers cheese(prepared by two ladies from Quebec).

My last visit to the farmers market had me trying a refreshing cherry lemonade which reminded me of a recipe I had been longing to try for quite some time.

I enjoy a refreshing iced tea frequently over the hot summer months...so why not prepare one with an overabundance of blueberries. The recipe calls for using frozen berries which my freezer is full of after many visits to the farmers market and every food stand within a 60 kilometre radius.
The added bonus with this iced tea is the antioxidant powerhouse you have in blueberries. Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. Recently, researchers analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals.
This iced tea is exceptional in flavour and nutrients. You could also use other berries that you have frozen such as blackberries, Saskatoons, raspberries...anything that would give you plenty of juice.

**Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea**

1 (16-oz.) package frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups water 3 family-size tea bags
3/4 cup sugar

Bring 1 (16-oz.) package frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out juice. Discard solids. Wipe saucepan clean.

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in same saucepan; add 3 family-size tea bags, and let stand 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in 3/4 cup sugar and blueberry juice mixture. Pour into a pitcher; cover and chill 1 hour.

Serve over ice.

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  1. Another great reason to freeze some of those blueberries from the farmers' market! The season is almost over here, but this would be such a treat to make in the winter, with your own frozen blues.

  2. Sadly, when I think of blueberry-lemon or other flavored iced teas, I think of buying packaged, flavored tea bags. Adding the juice of fresh macerated berries is so much more appealing, not to mention healthy.

    As we always keep a pitcher of brewed tea in the frig, I'll be trying this kicked up version soon. Thanks for this post. I could use the antioxidant boost!

  3. What a refreshing drink, I never thought of making a tea with bluberries, I love it.

  4. How I would like to be there at your patio drinking that cold Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea and chatting.

  5. Very healthy, refreshing and pleasant! Perfect!



  6. I love iced tea but its not that common over here (due to the weather I imagine). Will have to give this a go - and so healthy too!

  7. I love Farmer's markets! And Thatboy's quite the fan of flavored teas.

  8. This looks just delicious, Val. I'm also in farmers market heaven these days down in MI!

  9. Oh wow! That looks so refreshing and delicious! I could sure use a glass right now!

  10. save a glass for me thanks!

  11. Yum...it's quite delicious Val!...gotta love those bluberries.

  12. That looks awesomely refreshing Val! I'll have a glass! :)

  13. This could actually tempt me to try tea!

  14. WOW...I could glug a tall glass like NOW Val. Refreshing indeed...silly me was thinking 'yellow' for lemon...love the colour. I think I'll skip the tumbler & go for the pitcher...LOL

  15. not only would this be crazy healthy, but wow--i can only imagine the flavor! this is an excellent use for the plethora of blueberries resting in my freezer! :)

  16. This is a great post Val and I love your commitment to the farmer's and the locally grown produce. It seems that there really are more and more of us doing this and it has to be reassuring to the farmer as well!

    The blueberry-lemon Iced Tea sounds great too. I may make some of that this afternoon!

  17. I envy your trips to the markets. The iced tea is such a good idea, because the kiddos are forever looking for something to drink. I insist on fruit juices only, but even that is not good in excess.

  18. Wonderful combination. I love flavored teas. Great summer cooler.

  19. I never thought to make iced tea with blueberries - inspiring! And what a lovely colour.


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