A tradition can usually be defined as a behavior or a belief that is passed down from generation to generation. Traditions are usually predictable and they have the power to create a sense of unity. Often, traditions are associated with some of the best memories of our lives and as you are probably aware, food and tradition go hand in hand. I would like to share with you a hot beverage which is traditional in my family. I have called it Apple Fig Herbal Tea.
I can still remember how my grandmother would sprint into action the minute any of her grandchildren had a minor cough or felt a bit feverish. Her “special” brew consisted of apples and figs, simmered for one to one and a half hours. Truth be told, I sometimes pretended to be sick so that I could drink this hot beverage. I love this apple fig herbal tea. Maybe that’s when my apple obsession started.
As I previously mentioned, my grandmother would make this apple fig herbal tea for her family and now I make it for mine.
Recently, I walked into the kitchen and saw my daughter standing over apples and figs simmering on the stove. I asked her if she was feeling all right, and she told me she was making the special tea for a friend of hers who was feeling a little under the weather. I think my grandmother would have been happy to see her great-granddaughter making her apple fig herbal tea – her tradition continues! (My daughter’s friend referred to this drink as Candy Tea. Cute.)
Hope you get a chance to try this recipe for an apple fig herbal tea. It just might become a tradition in your family.
Apple Fig Herbal Tea
- 8 cups water
- 3-4 apples washed and quartered
- 6-8 dried figs
- lemon wedge optional
- honey optional
- cinnamon stick optional
- Place water, apples and dried figs in a large pot.
- Bring to boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 1-1 ½ hours.
- Strain and serve.
- Adjust to taste with lemon wedge, honey and/or cinnamon.
The longer the tea simmers, the sweeter the taste. Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.
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2015.10.01 Post has been updated.