The little girl is a fan of iced tea. But we dislike Nestea or any of those "tea" drinks that are really just sugar, water and flavoring. The good news is that she likes real tea... even the ones served at Chinese restaurants. But her favorite is rooibos - caramel or Strawberry!
Anyway, we found dalandan at the local organic
market the other day and she wanted some. She said she wants the fruits for the juice to make tea. I had to explain that to qualify as tea, there should be more than the fruit.
I was actually confused for a
while because the name plate read "Mandarin" so I asked the saleman
what it was. He said (at first) that it was the local orange or kahel.
And I just had to ask because as far as I know the local orange is
dalandan. He finally admitted that it was. Of course I haggled the
price of the dalandan to a reasonable one. I also wondered how many
people were fooled into paying a higher price for dalandan that was
marketed as "Mandarin"...
Here is our dalandan rooibos iced tea!
about 7 pieces of largish dalandan, juiced
3 tablespoons caramel rooibos, steeped in 1/2 liter of hot water then strained and cooled
1 liter cold water
agave, as sweetener, to taste
Just mix everything in a juice pitcher. Throw in a couple of slices of dalandan and chill thoroughly!
are the juiced dalandan. The little girl was happy to help. Actually
she wanted to use the citrus juicer! I used the reamer!
dalandan fruits were seedless so no straining necessary! And I do love
a pulpy drink! Feels more authentic... somehow. The little loved her
dalandan iced tea, although she asked for more sweetener.