Black Currant Tea
Easily distinguishable by the strong perfume of its buds and leaves, the black currant has long been valued for its various medicinal properties. The herb grows wild in the damp woods of middle Scotland, but is considered to be a true native of Yorkshire and the Lake District only.
Black currant tea made from an infusion of the leaves is said to have diuretic and cleansing properties. On the other hand, black currant tea from the herb’s young roots is useful in eruptive fevers. The tea is also said to be excellent lozenges for inflammatory sore throats.
Below are some of our top picks for black currant tea:
Zooscape.com – Black Currant Flavoured Black Tea
Imagine a currant bush full of berries. Gather the berries and make fine juice out of them. Then add a dash of the fruity juice to your high grown Ceylon tea from estates more than 5500 feet above sea level, and you have yourself a cup of fine, clean, and healthy black currant tea.
Zooscape offers their black currant tea in loose or decaffeinated forms.
Harney.com – John’s Black Currant Tea
A flavored tea, John’s black currant tea features a “big” fruity, berry flavor in a full-bodied tea. You can buy these teas in:
- 20 tea bags in resealable polybag
- 100 paper-wrapped tea bags
- loose tea in 4 ounce tin
- loose tea in 7 ounce tin
EnglishTeaStore.com – Black Currant Tea
The English Tea Store’s Black Currant Tea is a naturally caffeinated free drink made from the leaves and fruit of the black currant bush. The taste is an explosion of berry, and the drink has a dark purple color. In addition to that, they also offer Black Currant Herbal Tea 21 tea bags in tin, Black Currant Herbal Tea 25 tea bags pouch, Black Currant Herbal Tea 50 tea bags pouch, and Black Currant naturally Flavored Black Tea Loose Leaf 4 oz.
PerennialTeaRoom.com – Black Currant Tea
Imagine your fine black tea with the soothing berry fragrance of black currant leaves. The black currant tea offered at the Perennial Tea Room is sweet and blends well with champagne for a summer iced drink.
Do You Want Brownies with That?
So now that you bought yourself your pouch or tin of black currant tea, time for you to prepare yourself some cassis brownies to go with it.
Use the recipe below:
- 4 teaspoons of black currant flavored tea
- ¾ cup boiling water
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 2 extra large eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons crème de cassis
- ½ cup all-purpose flou
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup black currant preserves
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Pour boiling water over 2 teaspoons of tea; let steep for 5 minutes before straining
- Melt the unsweetened chocolate with the butter in a saucepan and set aside to cool for 10 minutes
- Beat the eggs and sugar until mixture thickens, then beat in chocolate mixture, 2 tablespoons of the strained tea, and 1 tablespoon of crème de cassis
- Fold in the flour mixed with the salt, just until blended, and pour the batter into the pan
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and afterwards, cool for 10 minutes
- Combine remaining 2 tablespoons of crème de cassis and 1 tablespoon of strained tea, brush over the top of the brownies
- Melt the preservers and brush over top of the brownies
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