– Shifu, I'm having enough of the same tea, day after day. I want to try something new, something I've never tried before.
– Here, sip this dried fruit tea. It comes from a faraway land, where people call it Stone Apple.
Matoom Fruit Herbal Tea is an exotic addition to Path of Cha's herbal teas or tisanes collection. Its abundant sweetness and rich, fruity notes are a pure delight for the senses, adding an exotic touch to your daily tea session.
Matoom, or Bael fruit tea, is made from the dried slices of the bael fruit. It is a traditional drink in Asian countries, including India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Locally, it is also known as Matoom, Bengal quince, Golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, or Wood apple. Local people believe it has medicinal properties such as aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. They steep the dried bael fruit slices in hot water. The refreshing brew can be served hot or cold.
Matoom fruit tea is known as traditional Ayurvedic medicine. In India, the Matoom fruit is considered sacred. Bael fruit tea is also a popular drink during the Songkran festival. That is the traditional name for the New Year celebration in Thailand. Drinking bael fruit tea during this festival is believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.
The mattom, or bael, is, in fact, a fruit of a tree species native to Southeast Asia. Its shell is so hard that it takes a stone or machete to crack. No wonder it is also called Stone Apple :) The fibrous yellow pulp of bael fruit is very aromatic, with prevailing citrus and roses notes and a rich marmalade taste. People slice the fruit and dry it. Then they steep it in hot water to obtain a delicious brew with a tangy and slightly sweet flavor and a slightly astringent aftertaste.
For brewing your Matoom tea, you'd typically need 5-7 slices of dried bael fruit per 1 liter of water. Feel free to add more if you want a more intensive taste. Opt for western style brewing rather than quick steeps.
Dried bael fruit takes time to infuse and reveal its inner richness. Pu'er lovers will be in for a treat if they add 1-2 slices of Matoom into a teapot of Shu Pu-erh. The sweet, tangy taste and tropical aroma of this fruit tea wonderfully complement the robust earthiness of a Shu Pu-erh.
- Ingredients: Matoom Fruit (Bael)
- Tea Type: Tisane
- Taste: Sweet & tropical
- Caffeine level: Caffeine-free
212℉ / 100℃
1g per 60ml 3-5min
The strength of this tea's fragrance and flavor reminds me of Pu'er tea, which I like. I'm glad that Path of Cha continues to find unique teas from all over the world. 👍🌏