Foodie Friday: Winter melon tea

Winter melon tea: sweet tea made with winter melon

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Sometimes it’s nice to have a delicious drink. In Taiwan, we were given a homemade brew of winter melon tea. The winter melon is a common gourd with white flesh inside it. It has a long shelf life and can be stored in a cool place, lasting well through the winter months (thus, its name). The vegetable is often eaten during the summer because of its cooling properties. Winter melon is also supposed to detoxify our bodies.

The taste of winter melon tea is very particular. It’s not really bitter like tea and not so sweet as juice. The addition of caramel and sugar to the winter melon extract makes for a semi-sweet refreshing drink, though.

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