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Rhubarb And Ginger Tea. Oh, you read that right. Rhubarb And Ginger Tea. Not the most common herbal tea you are going to hear about to be sure.
But as the old saying goes variety is the spice of life and if you are thinking about trying a cup of Rhubarb Ginger Tea then you are very much into that variety.
When people think of herbal teas it’s mostly just the flowery ones. Chamomile, Lavender, rose tea. you get the picture. But I contend that root teas are among the finest herbal infusions out there.
In particular ginger tea. When you start blending ginger root with other flavors it opens up a whole new way of thinking about herbal teas. So. Ginger Rhubarb Tea, here we go.
What Is Ginger Rhubarb Tea? Rhubarb Ginger tea is not really tea at all. It is an herbal infusion made by combining ginger root and rhubarb root in boiling water and letting it steep for a certain amount of time.
Even though it isn’t a true tea, it is acceptable to refer to it as a tea or an infusion or a tisane. They all mean the same thing. What its called is just a matter of what level of tea snobbery someone wants to convey.
There are not many options for a packaged version of Ginger Rhubarb Tea. I recommend Teapigs Rhubarb & Ginger Herbal Tea Bags, available on Amazon, if you a looking for a quick and easy way to gives this herbal tea a try.
Let’s dive into this herbal infusion and see if we can’t convince of its qualities and get you prepared for that very first sip of the ginger root blend.
What Does Rhubarb Ginger Tea Taste Like?
I’ll start this off by saying that the taste of any herbal infusion, or anything really, is very subjective. I am going to layout how I think this herbal blend tastes and try and give you a general idea of what to expect.
“General idea” is the key notion here. Use this as a starting guide for what to expect and not an absolute look at the flavor of ginger rhubarb tea.
One thing to add is that rhubarb root tea has a bit of a different taste to tea using rhubarb stalks. For this article, I am going to be speaking mostly about rhubarb root and ginger root tea as a blended herbal tea.
The Ginger Flavor
Ginger has a very unique flavor when you steep it in water. The spiciness and peppery flavor that infuses the water and makes a very refreshing and brisk cup of tea.
That spicy flavor is present in the rhubarb ginger tea blend. But it is not overwhelming. The balance between the ginger and the rhubarb is one of mutual respect.
Spicy, peppery, with just the slightest hint of bitterness and earthiness, is what ginger tea brings to the table. As well as the cooling slightly sweet flavor that ginger is known for
The Rhubarb Flavor
Rhubarb is a very different taste experience from ginger. Tangy and sour, is how I would generally describe rhubarb root when you steep it in water. There is a cooling sensation as well, not quite minty but a little zesty tingle as you drink it.
Bitterness is also one of the defining flavors for rhubarb root. It’s not a heavy bitterness but it does seem to be there in some form.
How To Make A Cup
The easiest way to make a cup is with packaged tea bags. Teapigs Rhubarb & Ginger Herbal Tea Bags, available on Amazon, is your best bet for a bagged version of this blend.
But if you are looking to make your own cup of this wonderful ginger tea blend it is a little more complicated. Nothing silly, but you will spend a few more minutes making your morning tea going this route.
Here is a quick and easy way to make a cup from scratch.
- A teaspoon of dried rhubarb root
- A teaspoon of dried ginger root
- Boil both roots in a kettle or pot for around 10 minutes
- Strain into a cup
- Sweeten to taste and enjoy
This is a bit of a departure from the normal way I like to make tea. Typically I steep most teas but with dried roots like this boiling them is a good way to go.
Traditional Steeping Method
You can steep both the roots in a cup of hot water and use an infuser if you choose. I don’t find much difference in the overall taste.
This method is better for a single cup. One thing I will add is that a longer steep is required for this method. It takes me about 10 plus minutes to get the flavor that I am looking for.
Make sure to cover your steeping tea when you make a single cup or the heat will escape and you are left with a cold cup of tea that didn’t steep properly.
Either way, you are going to get a solid flavor from the tea. It really just comes down to personal preference and how much you intend to make.
Rhubarb And Ginger Tea Benefits
The great thing about tea blends like this one is that you get the benefits of both teas all rolled into one. A great flavor combo and a great health benefit combo as well.
Loaded With Antioxidants. Both ginger and rhubarb are filled with antioxidants that help prevent free radicals from harming your cells.
Aids In Digestion. Ginger root, in particular, is a very popular digestive aid. Adding rhubarb to the mix doesn’t as it may aid in digestion as well(source).
Anti-inflammatory Properties. Ginger has been used for centuries for its Anti-inflammatory(source). These properties are very much present in this herbal blend and enhanced by rhubarb root and its properties.
Anti-Nausea. Ginger tea is widely used as an anti-nausea solution. It can help with motion sickness as well as general nausea.
Where To Buy Ginger Rhubarb Tea?
While this herbal tea might not be the most famous, the individual ingredients are pretty easy to come by, so making a cup of this tea won’t be an issue. There are even a few rhubarb tea bags out there for you to try.
Loose-Leaf Ginger Root
You can find dried ginger root just about anywhere. There are varying qualities of dried ginger root so you will have to find the one you like. For me, I use Starwest Botanicals Organic Ginger Root. It has a great flavor and is always been great for me.
Loose-Leaf Rhubarb Root
Dried rhubarb root is pretty easy to find. You can find it in smaller herbal stores most of the time and you can get it plenty of places online. I prefer to use Starwest Botanicals Organic Rhubarb Root.
The Fresh Option
You can always use fresh ginger and rhubarb from your local grocery store. Just slice a few pieces of ginger root and rhubarb root and toss them in boiling water for a kettle full of this wonderful blend.
That brings us to the end of our look at ginger rhubarb tea. This root herbal blend might not be the most popular but it is a unique experiment in tea making that everyone should try at least once.
Whether you are looking for a new flavor experience or just trying to get the benefits of this herbal blend, it is a wonderfully interesting cup of herbal tea.
Ginger tea is one of the most blendable herbal teas around. Whether you are mixing it with chamomile or rooibos or peppermint tea it always brings its unique brand of thunder to the proceedings.
And this root blend it no different. Don’t let preconceived notions about what a proper herbal tea should look or taste like make you miss out on some of the best flavor experiences like this one.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.