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How Do I Choose the Best Passion Fruit Tea?

By Megan Shoop
Updated May 16, 2024
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Passion fruit tea comes in several different forms. It may be made from dried passion fruit that has been steeped in water or from passion fruit juice mixed with dried tea leaves. Some manufacturers also add artificial passion fruit flavorings to various teas to give them a touch of sweetness. Which passion fruit tea you choose depends on what flavors and health benefits you’re looking for. You should always examine the packaging or ask the tea barista about your choices to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want.

Herbalists often recommend passionflower as a calming herb to relieve mild muscle pains and prevent distraction while concentrating. Passion fruit doesn’t have as many of these benefits, but proponents of herbal medicine say it does share some of the same qualities. If you want to reap the fruit’s medicinal benefits, it is best if your passion fruit tea contains real passion fruit juice or dried passion fruit pieces. This should be listed as one of the first three ingredients on the tea packaging, indicating that there is a significant amount of fruit in the tea.

Many tea-lovers enjoy passion fruit juice in chamomile or valerian teas. To make this kind of passion fruit tea, the dried herbs are generally soaked in the fruit juice and dried again to infuse them with flavor. The sweetness of the juice often helps bring out the flavors in the other herbs. Manufacturers may also pair green tea with passion fruit to help lower the tea’s acidity and give it some sweetness. If you don’t normally like green tea, try some with passion fruit.

If you’re only looking for the flavor of the fruit, and not the benefits of the fruit itself, feel free to pick up any tea with passion fruit extract listed in the ingredients. These extracts are often added to black tea blends and are usually a mixture of evaporated cane juice and a small amount of passion fruit juice. This typically makes the tea very sweet and extremely fruity. If this appeals to you, this may be the kind of passion fruit tea you want to purchase.

You can also create your own passion fruit tea blends at home. Adding passion fruit puree, juice, or whole fruits to your tea can give it both the flavor and the benefits of this fruit. When using whole fruits, you can either crush the fruit with a spoon or pass them through a blender. Freezing the fruit juice and using it as ice cubes may also create a pleasantly fruity iced tea.

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Discussion Comments
By mobilian33 — On Feb 13, 2015

If your main consideration is the taste of passion fruit iced tea then you should use it in an Arnold Palmer in place of the regular tea. In case there is anyone not familiar with an Arnold Palmer, this drink is a combination of tea and lemonade. The lemonade and the passion fruit tea combine to make a nice tangy mixture. I could drink them all day long.

I guess this depends on your taste buds, but in my opinion, the drink is much better without sugar added. The sugar throws off the blend and makes the drink a lot less pleasant.

By Feryll — On Feb 13, 2015

The coffee shop where my girlfriend goes regularly serves passion fruit iced tea. I know this is supposed to be really good for me, but I am not crazy about the taste. I get the unsweetened option because I avoid processed sugar and artificial sweeteners as often as possible. It's difficult for me to describe the taste, but it's somewhere between bitter and sweet.

The shop has a variety of flavored syrups that you can add to the tea to sweeten it up a bit, but I have yet to find a syrup that improves the taste very much. I really would like to acquire a taste for the passion fruit tea because of the way it can help you relax.

By Laotionne — On Feb 12, 2015

I wonder how many people who drink passion fruit tea because of the health benefits actually know that they need to get the products that contain real passion fruit juice or the dried pieces of the fruit. I bet there are many people out there who think they are being health conscious by using teas with passion fruit extract and they are really just wasting their time and money. This is a bit of information that people who sell the exacts should have to make known to their customers.

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