Summer is here and what better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing iced peach green tea? Store-bought iced teas can be loaded with sugar and preservatives, but making your own at home is not only healthier, it’s also delicious! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make the perfect homemade iced peach green tea using fresh peaches and green tea. Not only will it be better than what you can buy at Starbucks, it will also be a great way to use up any fresh peaches you may have on hand. So, let’s get started!
Although we have lived in the South for over 20 years, we still drink my tea un-sweetened. So, this recipe does not have any processed sugars or sweeteners. However, if you want your tea sweet, just add the amount of sugar when you steep the tea. A true Southerner only drinks sweet tea that has had the sugar added at the start of the process!
Seriously, though, Pearson Peaches are just so sweet, that you will NOT even NEED sugar! To get the FULL Starbucks experience, you are gonna want to add some tea and ice to a cocktail shaker, and give it a good shake!
What we love about Pearson Farm peaches is that they are delivered to our doorstep! From June until early August, they ship fresh Georgia peaches all over the continental United States.* Handpicked straight from our orchards, their sweet peaches are a summertime delight.
*Please note that due to agricultural regulations, Pearson Farm is unable to ship fresh peaches to California or Arizona.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Pearson Farms
What you will need for this Peach Green Tea:
- Glass pitcher
- Green Tea Bags
- Mint leaves
Let’s take a sweet journey to the heart of Georgia, where the land is blessed with some of the most tantalizing peach varieties you can imagine! Georgia has rightfully earned its reputation as the Peach State, and for good reason. So, buckle up as we explore the delightful peach varieties that Georgia proudly brings to the table! First, let’s break down the type of peaches.
Clingstone peaches are a type of peach that has flesh that sticks tightly to the pit or “stone” inside the fruit. Unlike other peaches where the flesh easily separates from the stone, clingstone peaches require a bit more effort to remove the pit cleanly.
These peaches come in different colors like yellow, orange, and red, and they can be found in various sizes. They have juicy and sweet flesh that is full of flavor and aroma. Clingstone peaches are loved by many people because of their delicious taste.
Because the flesh sticks to the pit, clingstone peaches are often used for canning, preserving, baking, and making yummy peach-based dishes like cobblers, jams, and pies. They hold up well during cooking and canning processes, which means they keep their great taste even after being prepared in different ways.
Although it may take a little more effort to separate the flesh from the pit, clingstone peaches are definitely worth it. Their unique flavor and versatility in the kitchen make them a favorite for many peach lovers and chefs. So, whether you enjoy them fresh or use them in your favorite recipes, clingstone peaches add a special touch to your peachy experiences.
Semi Clingstone Peaches:
Semi-clingstone peaches are a specific type of peach that falls between clingstone and freestone varieties. As the name suggests, they possess qualities of both types, offering a balance between firm attachment and ease of separation between the flesh and the stone.
The beauty of semi-clingstone peaches lies in their ability to provide a middle ground between clingstone and freestone varieties. While they offer a slight challenge when it comes to separating the flesh from the pit, they still provide a level of convenience and are a great choice for both cooking enthusiasts and those who prefer enjoying peaches fresh.
Freestone peaches are a popular variety of peach known for their delicious flavor and easy-to-remove pits. Unlike clingstone peaches, where the flesh clings tightly to the pit, freestone peaches have flesh that easily separates from the pit, making them convenient for eating fresh, baking, and canning.
Flavor and Texture: Freestone peaches are prized for their sweet, juicy, and aromatic flavor. They have a balanced combination of sweetness and acidity, giving them a delightful taste. The flesh of freestone peaches is usually firm, yet tender, with a smooth texture.vAs the name suggests, freestone peaches have pits that can be easily removed from the flesh. This characteristic makes them ideal for slicing, as the pit can be easily separated without damaging the fruit. This makes freestone peaches convenient for cooking and enjoying in various recipes.
Availability: Freestone peaches are primarily available during the summer months, typically from June to September in the Northern Hemisphere. The exact availability can vary depending on the region and the specific variety of freestone peach.
Culinary Uses: Freestone peaches are versatile fruits and can be used in a variety of culinary applications. They are delicious when eaten fresh, either on their own or in fruit salads. Freestone peaches are also great for baking pies, cobblers, and tarts, as they hold their shape well during cooking. Additionally, they can be used in jams, jellies, preserves, and even grilled for a unique flavor.
Varieties: There are several different varieties of freestone peaches available, each with its unique characteristics. Some popular freestone peach varieties include Elberta, Red Haven, O’Henry, and Cresthaven. These varieties may vary in color, flavor, and ripening times.
When selecting freestone peaches, look for fruits that are firm, yet yield slightly to gentle pressure. They should have a vibrant color and a fragrant aroma. Avoid peaches with soft spots or bruising.
What are benefits of green tea?
Green tea has a range of possible health benefits. It can help you feel better, lose weight, and lower your risk of chronic diseases, you may want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. Among its benefits, it may help support brain function and fat loss, help reduce the chance of developing heart disease, and offer some protection against cancer.
- glass container
- 4 cups warm water
- 4 green tea bags
- 1 fresh peach pit removed, sliced
- Sprig of mint lemon balm, or basil (optional)
- Pour warm water into a clear glass container. Add green tea bags and fresh peach slices. Note, if you want sweet tea, add a few tablespoons of sugar at this point. Cover.
- Place in a sunny spot outside for at least 4 hours. The longer it steeps, the stronger the tea will get.
- Remove tea bags, and strain tea through a strainer, removing the peaches. Strain one more time. Pour into a pitcher.
- At this point, you can keep in the refrigerator, or serve over ice. To get the full Starbucks experience, add a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker, and add tea, and shake. Garnish with mint, lemon balm or basil. Enjoy!
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