To this day, I am still not completely sure what moringa is. I have seen it marketed as a “super food” over the years, and it is a key ingredient in one of my favourite DAVIDsTea blends from the past, Ginger Peach Moringa. According to Google, moringa is known as the “miracle tree” and gets its super food status from being full of vitamins and rich in powerful antioxidants. DAVIDsTea released their Superfood Iced Tea collection about a month ago with five new teas and a flavoured matcha, but today I will be talking about Strawberry Moringa, because after trying a sample of this caffeine free blend in-store, I was hooked!
Strawberry Moringa comes packaged in a resealable foil pouch, with a yellow sticker in the top right corner to signify this blend as a herbal infusion. The loose leaf appearance of this tea is really vibrant in colour. Bright orange pieces of carrot, chunks of dried apple, dark raisins, while the moringa leaves shower all the ingredients in a sea of green. But the predominant colour present here is red. Red from the hibiscus blossoms, red from the beetroot, and red from the bits and pieces of strawberry. It’s quite the sight to behold. The listed ingredients are: apple, raisins, carrot, moringa leaves, beetroot, hibiscus blossoms, strawberries, and natural strawberry flavouring. The scent out of the bag is incredibly aromatic - sweet and fruity. I actually don’t even really need to open the bag to smell Strawberry Moringa. It’s that potent.
DAVIDsTea recommends steeping Strawberry Moringa for 5+ minutes in water heated to 95°C (200°F). I steeped this tea for just over five minutes in 95°C water.
After being steeped fully, Strawberry Moringa produces an aroma that is incredibly nostalgic to me. Believe it or not, it smells just like red licorice, more specifically, Twizzlers. Sweet strawberry with a slight herbaceous note. The colour filling my cup is of a beautiful ruby red. Off the bat, there is a sharp tartness, followed by a fresh strawberry flavour that is juicy and very candy like. The moringa contributes a vegetal quality to the finish of each sip and a nice overall crispness, especially as this tea cools. Although there are a couple ingredients in this fruit infusion that provide natural sweetness, I still found myself adding a squirt of agave to help tamper the constant pucker from the hibiscus.
Strawberry Moringa wasn’t really meant to drink hot (in my opinion!), it was decent enough, but improved significantly once cold and sweetened accordingly. Apart from the overt tartness of the hibiscus, this caffeine-free fruit infusion has a very enjoyable fruity flavour. Like liquid strawberries. The smell that continued to waft from my cup as it cooled down was intoxicating, and I really can’t wait to try Strawberry Moringa iced, but mixed with some lemonade!
What is your experience with moringa? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for a tropical green tea blend next week!
Until we steep again…