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Bael Fruit Ice Tea

I was introduced to Bael fruit as a kid, it was a rewarding treat we found everywhere in our hometown. They were naturally grown in people’s homes, farmlands and forests.

When the fruits are perfectly ripe and ready to eat they would fall down on the ground waiting for the children to pick them up. We would break the hard shell of this fruit up in half and scooped out the sticky centre which coated in the amber liquid. The mushy mottled yellow pulp layered on the shell was mellowing sweet and very aromatic. We ate a mouthful of it like pudding, or mashed together with sticky rice and devoured.

Bael fruits or “stone apples” are seasonal fruits grown over the medium-sized trees with luscious fresh leaves. The fruits are about the size of large grapefruit with wood-like hard shells. The fruits are green when they are young and turn brownish yellow as they ripe. The cores of the fruits are sticky slimy while the pulp surrounded the inside of the shells are creamy, sweet and aromatic.

The young fruits are dried up or preserved to use as tea or infusion while the ripe fruits can be boiled or eaten fresh.

These fruits are not only aromatic and delicious but they are also very good for health in a number of ways. They are good for heart, brain and digestion. They are also made an ideal drink for diabetic patients.

I bought these dried bael fruit wheels from Thasadej Market in Thailand. The aroma of the fruits leaked out from the roughly packed plastic bags. They are great for making a refreshing summer drink.

Bael fruits ice-tea is an instant sweet refreshing drink. Dried bael fruit turns the water to pale orange with beautiful fragrance and delightful earthy flavour. It is usually sweeten with sugar and serve with some ice.

Bael Fruit Ice Tea

Ingredients: (4 servings)

Few dried bael fruit slices

4 cup water

3 tbsp sugar (or as per your liking)

Preparation

  1. Boil water in the medium pot.
  2. Add dried bael fruit and let it boil for few minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  5. Serve chill with some ice.

Have you ever tried Bael fruit before? What’s your favourite ice tea recipe?

Take care,
Tes

26 comments to Bael Fruit Ice Tea

  • I’ve never even heard of Bael fruit, but your tea looks wonderful and refreshing!

  • How very interesting and so pretty. I have never eaten bael fruit before.
    🙂 Mandy

  • Never heard of bael, it does look pretty.

  • I haven’t heard of it, Tes. But the way you describe it I can almost taste them!

  • wow what a perfect way to chill out with bael, It has a very strong fruity flavour which I absolutely love it.

    I think bael is also known as wood apple 🙂

  • I’ve never had bael… but I’m intrigued!

  • I’ve never heard of Bael fruit before but I have to say this Ice Tea definitely looks delicious.

  • I bought these, dried, having no idea what they were. On returning home I Googled them and made the tea. Nice, but I’m trying to avoid sugar…my thighs and hips are allergic 😉 I also read that they can be quite a hazard when falling out of trees? I’d really love to taste them fresh, do they sell them fresh?

    • Tes

      Yes, they sell them fresh, too. But you won’t be seeing them in supermarket or store in the city. It’s pretty rustic ingredient found in villages. If you are lucky, sometime those lady selling farm fresh ingredients in Thai morning market will have them 🙂

  • Lin Ann

    You tea sounds wonderful! Like Tiffany, I’m intrigued also. I wonder if I can find bael in stores near me. I don’t have a great iced tea recipe, but with summer coming I should probably work on one!

  • This is such a cool looking fruit! I’ve never heard of it or seen anything quite like it before. I’ll have to see if they have any imported around here!

  • vero

    Do u all carry it in Texas??? If so where????

  • Laura

    I tried this on a vacation in Thailand and it is delicious! They sold bael tea bags at the gift shop but its not the same. I am looking to buy the dried fruit to boil… do you know where in the US it is sold?

    • Tes

      I heard some of my friend found it in China Town in the US but I don’t know exactly. Have you tried online Asian store? I will ask around and let you know 🙂

  • Dori

    I love your site, Tes. Are you Thai?
    Thanks for sharing all the recipes 🙂

  • Vivienne

    Just boil some bael tea as a friend gave me a packet of the dried bael fruit. Was trying to find out the benefits and came across you blog. It is nice but i am having it without sugar and could add syrup if I wanted it sweeten. Your pixs look great!

  • Fatima Moz

    I had my first Thai massage this week and was given a bael tea drink afterwards. My first taste and first time hearing of the fruit. It was delicious and I was able to buy the dried bael fruit pieces there. His simple directions were….boil 1litre of water per two slices of the fruit….let it stand for 10 mins….take out the fruit and use for another 1litre of boiled water. I have it without sugar and did his suggestion of having one cup warm before going to bed…..woke up this morning after the best sleep I have had in ages…..BAEL FRUIT FOR EVER

  • ann keegan

    Hi to all.

    Can I get (buy) beal fruit or tea bags in Dublin (Ireland) would love to try them, I believe this is very good if you suffer from constipation!!!!!
    Thanks for your advice.
    Regards Ann

  • Maria Teresa Polo

    Bael tea is given after a massage in Thailand. Love the flavor, and I asked for more. It’s so refreshing and my dizziness is gone after drinking a glass of this wonder tea.Back in Singapore I found it at Thai grocery. To me it’s better than any other tea.

  • PDW

    I was introduced to Bael fruit many years ago in (then known as) Burma. I drink it hot and cold but I grill the dried slices before adding to boiling water. I don’t add sweetening, occasionally a little honey of very tart. I get it online and they ship direct from Thailand. It is wonderful in taste and its health properties!

  • Gaerick

    Was visited to Laos last week, and I did tried bael fruit tea, also bought some pack of dried fruit slice ! It make me fall in love with it once I tried….

  • Hazel

    Is there any Chinese name for this dried Bael fruit?
    By looking at the picture, just cannot imagine what
    kind of fruit it is.
    Many thanks.

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