Fruit and Herbal tisanes can not technically be classed as tea as they do not contain any leaves from the Camelia Sinensis plant. However, they are usually made in a similar way and can offer a pleasurable and healthy alternative to tea. All tisanes include a variety and mixture of different plant parts, including leaves, flowers, roots and bark.
Most tisanes are processed in the much the same way as green tea; all the different plants and fruits are dried as quickly as possible after harvesting to avoid any fermentation. The art and knowledge required for blending and mixing of herbal and fruit tisanes is vast as many of the plants are used not only for their taste but also their health giving properties such as chamomile, which is reputed to aid sleep. Fruit and Herbal tisanes have delicious aromas and make refreshing drinks. Fruit and Herbal tisanes are usually, completely caffeine free.
“Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with Tisanes.”
Honoré de Balzac – French Novelist 1799-1850