Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ginger Fruit Tea

Even though I'm 41 years old, my parents still try to take care of me when ever they can. Last year, I had a rough go w/ a vicious cold/flu and they insisted on coming down to visit us. I told them they were nuts and not to come because I didn't want them to catch it! But, being parents, they didn't listen and came any way. They cooked for me, they watched the kids for me, they took care of me.


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This tea is high on their list of cold remedies. They drink it when they're sick, they drink it when they're not, they just drink it. And I must say, I've grown to love it. It has a gingery kick, but you could always remedy that by adding less ginger, more water or honey to take the edge off. I've made it on my own several times now, and just a few days ago even made it for my friend Cat who has fallen to the flu. She tried this years ago when my parents were here for a visit and fell in love with it. So I took over a baggie filled w/ the fixins' of apple, orange and ginger and left them with instructions to finish it off. I made a batch myself, even though I'm feeling just fine. Whenever I drink it, I fills me w/ a warm and fuzzy, not only because it's tea, but because it reminds me of just how much my parents love me and how they will always try to take care of me, no matter what my age.

So here it is:

Homi & Hobi's Ginger Fruit Tea

Ingredients:
2 apples, cored and cubed
2 oranges, cubed
1/2 to 1 whole ginger root, depending on how gingery you like it (My Mom always says, the more gingery, the better)
12 cups of water


Directions:
1. Wash the fruit really well, as you'll be boiling it in its skins. Try to use either organic fruits since they're pesticide-free, or use a fruit/veggie wash like the one below. I also use veggie brush to scrub em well..


2. Cut up the fruit in about 3/4" "cubes" and place in a dutch oven or other big pot.

3. Peel and slice up ginger in 1/2" chunks and add to pot.


4. Pour water into pot and boil (w/ lid on but vented so it won't boil over) for about 30 mins, or until fruit looks translucent.

That's it! Drink it hot and ladle it into your cup and add honey for an extra boost of flavor and health. Once I'm done, I just let the pot cool and stick the whole thing in the fridge. Then later on, I can just pull it out, add a little more water to it (you can do this a couple times until the flavors are boiled out) and boil it once again. It's the tea that just keeps giving. :)


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Or if you prefer, you can just transfer the cooled tea to a pitcher or carafe, fruits included. This is also pretty tasty cold, like a natural vitamin water. Or just reheat in a small pot or microwave for more tea.


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Here's that baggie I delivered to my friend. Contents: one batch. Just empty into pot with 12 cups water and boil! :)


My parents always tell me you can eat the fruit (peels and all) for added nutrition. The apples I can do, but when I tried to eat the orange w peel, I about gagged. What was I thinkin'? I can't even stand orange marmalade because of those rinds! Well, I gave it the ol' college try. :)

I really hope you like it as much as we do! :)

UPDATE 3/14:17 because Brian D. demanded it and because I thought I already had:

My parents' ginger fruit tea has evolved over the years. Here's a new batch which includes a couple of cinnamon sticks and a handful of seedless dried red dates. They also say slicing everything thinner is better, too. lol. I agree, better to choke down the fruit, when they make me. ;)



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4 comments:

Crystal said...

We will have to try this sometime. My husband loves ginger!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I am not a fan of tea, so I am glad I read the recipe closely! No tea at all. I think I would really enjoy this on a cold winter day or to wort off sickness. Pinned!!

happyvballgirl said...

Hope he likes it! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awesome! Hope you like it as well! :) Thanks for pinning! :)