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I am currently obsessed with the Whole Foods Recipe iPhone App and decided to try a recipe to make my own dried fruit and herb tea at home.  The recipe appeared to be simple, easy and delicious – basically, idiot-proof.  This is how the end result is suppose to look like:

fruit and herb tea

Dried Fruit and Herb Tea, image from Whole Foods

However, my attempt was not as successful, I ended up with mints leaves that were a little too burnt, ok, burnt to a crisp…  Depending on your own oven, I guess I would adjust the baking time for the mint part of the recipe.  If anyone has tried or is inspired to try this recipe, I’ve love to hear how it turns out.


  • 2 lemons, zest removed with a vegetable peeler and finely chopped
  • 2 oranges, zest removed with a vegetable peeler and finely chopped
  • 1 (3-inch) piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots


  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Toss lemon zest, orange zest, ginger and fennel together on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Scatter mint on a second large parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake, rotating baking sheets and stirring occasionally, until ginger mixture and mint are both dried out, 10 to 15 minutes for the mint and about 45 minutes for the ginger mixture; set both aside to let cool completely.
  • Crumble mint into a medium bowl then add ginger mixture and cranberries or apricots and toss.
  • For each serving of tea, steep 2 tablespoons of the mixture together with 1 cup hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain and serve.

(Recipe provided by Whole Foods)