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ICED watermelon and mint chaga recipe
Chaga Recipes | July 5, 2020
Summer is well underway and many Canadian provinces are seeing temperatures in the high 30 degrees celcius which means we are looking for creative ways to stay cool and hydrated. We like to be creative with our chaga mushroom brews by bringing you fun and new combinations. When we think of summer we think of fresh fruits and with over hunders different varieties, watermelons make for the perfect summer snack.
Watermelon sugar high
Just like chaga, watermelon contains antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C. Watermelon also contains citrulline and which are important for your heart and blood vessel health. If you like add a sweetner to your herbal teas or chaga mushroom teas adding watermelon can give it a little kick. 154 grams of watermelon will contain approximately 10 grams of sugar. Fresh herbs are also synonymous with summer months. Grab some of those mint leaves from the garden to add that well known refreshing taste that it brings.
Iced Chaga Tea with Watermelon and Mint
- 2 tea satchets or 2 teaspoons of loose chaga tea (powder or small grinded raw chaga chunks)
- 8 cups (2 litres) of filtered water
- 1-2 cups of frozen watermelon chunks
- 1/2 cup loosely packed of mint leaves
How to make:
Firstly, you will need to make sure you have a tea infuser, tea bags or mesh bags to brew loose chaga tea. Grab a medium-sized pot, combine 8 cups of filtered water with 2 teaspoons of chaga tea and let steep on a stovetop over medium-low heat setting for about 3-4 hours. Check in at the 2 and a half hour mark for the taste, if you don't find it strong enough, brew for longer, taste testing it every 30 minutes until you reach your desired tea strength. Remove from the stove, take out the chaga tea (save it for later to steep a cup of chaga tea or a latte!) and let cool off.
Once your chaga tea is cooled, pour it in a jug (if you're using plastic jug, make sure that the tea is not too hot). Grab those forzen watermelon chunks from the freezer. We used 1 and 1/2 cup of frozen watermelon chunks for our recipe but feel free to adjust according to your sweetness preference.
Place your mint leaves on a flat surface and grab a spoon. With the back of the spoon press down slightly while twisting to release more of that mint goodness. Throw those in with the watermelon chunks.
Give it a couple of stirs, close the lid and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight to complete the infusion. The drink will have a slight red color thanks to the lycopene found in your watermelon.
Once the infusion process is completed you can take the watermelons out or leave them in, it's your choice. Your iced chaga tea is ready. Serve over ice and decorate with some fresh mint leaves.
What's the deal with chaga, anyway?
Curious about chaga mushrooms and what the hell the hype is all about? Check out our What is Chaga Mushroom? guide to learn more about chaga mushrooms, how it grows, common usages, benefits and more.
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