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ICED chaga TEA WITH CHERRIES

Chaga Recipes | July 11, 2020

Who doesn't love a bowl of fresh juicy cherries on a hot summer afternoon? After picking up a few pounds of cherries from a local fruit stand at the farmers market, we knew we had to make an iced chaga cherry tea. The results, of course, were beyond our expectations!

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Not only are these fruits delicious, but cherries are incredibly nutritious as they are packed with some great vitamins, fibre and minerals. Vitamin C is the life of the party here, as one cup of cherries contains nearly 20% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. 

Just like chaga mushroom, cherries are also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. What's not to love!

Iced Chaga Tea with Cherries

Ingredients:

  • 2 tea sachets or 2 teaspoons of loose chaga tea (powder or small grinded raw chaga chunks)
  • 8 cups (2 litres) of filtered water
  • 1 cups of pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)

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 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 it for longer, taste testing it every 30 minutes until you reach your desired tea strength. Remove from the stove top, 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 a plastic jug, make sure that the tea is not too hot) and add a cup of pitted cherries. If you're using fresh cherries, make sure to slightly crush them to ensure the juices get properly extracted into the chaga tea. If you're using frozen cherries, let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and slightly crush them once the cherries are thawed and softened.

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 beautiful ruby red color.

Once the infusion process is completed you can take the cherries out. Your iced chaga tea is ready to be enjoyed over ice.  The left-over cherries can be eaten with a bowl of yogurt or made into refreshing summer ice pops. Simply transfer the fruit over to the blender, add a bit of water or milk of your choice (a teaspoon of greek yogurt works great too!) and blend it until you've got a smoothie like constituency. Place it in your molds and leave it in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Now you've got some chaga infused cherry ice pops. This is the ultimate summer recipe!

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 mushroom, how it grows, common usages, benefits and more.

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