FLAVORED HOT WATER… Strawberry, Banana and Guava Blend

I love flavor and being able to enjoy what grows naturally in this world. I like the idea of taking the food this world has and including it in my consumption rituals. Actually being able to experience food in another way.

Since I’ve started dehydrating fruits and vegetables, they have taken me in a new direction of seasoning and consuming. Usually we only have whats available at the stores we grocery shop at and the selections are common.

It’s unheard of to see different fruits or vegetables as spices/powders, no tea blends and especially without added by products or preservatives. Being able to create my own spice powders and blends is fascinating.

I enjoy tasting the favs (fruits and vegetables) I dehydrate and figuring out what I would want to use it in or on. So whenever I get a chance I try to review my own fav.

On this day I decided to mix a fruit blend using my infuser, with strawberries, bananas, guava along with a few tsps of sugar. I heated my tall ceramic mug with spring water in my microwave and submerged it for 5 minutes.

The taste was great! The banana was prominent over the strawberry or guava but the strawberry gave the drink a nice red tint. This flavored hot drink was delicious and good for any type of occasion.

The strawberry, scientifically known as Fragaria ananassa, originated in Europe in the 18th century (the Fragraria vesca strawberry species has been grown in the Middle East and northern Africa for a very long time and may also be native to those areas).

It is a hybrid of two wild strawberry species from North America and Chile. ‘Hovey’ was the name of the first American strawberry variety that resulted from a planned cross, and it is an ancestor of most modern varieties.

However, the “garden” varieties of strawberries with which most of us are familiar today are known as Fragaria ananassa.

“Ananassa” is Latin for “ananas-like”; Ananas comosus is the botanical name for the pineapple plant; and the strawberry plant was so named because of the supposed resemblance of the “berry” to a pineapple plant in shape, smell and taste.

The F. ananassa hybrid is a cross between Fragaria chiloensis (the “Chilean strawberry”) and Fragaria virginiana (the “Virginian strawberry”).

The “Chilean strawberry” (or a group of very similar subspecies) is actually native to coastlines in both North and South America, and the Hawaiian islands. Likewise, the “Virginian strawberry” is actually indigenous to much of eastern North America.

In fact, the range of subspecies F. virginiana ssp. glauca lies tantalizingly close to that of F. chiloensis.

Nevertheless, the first cultivated crossings of F. virginiana x F. chiloensis occurred in Europe sometime within the roughly half century span from 1714 to 1766.

Although the exact year is unknown (the crossings were completely accidental), it certainly occurred after 1714. That was the year in which the first specimens of F. chiloensis arrived in France, brought there by Lt. Col. Amédée François Frézier from Chile at the end of his voyage (hence the name “Chilean strawberry”).

Similarly, the crossing of the two species must have preceded 1766, the year that Duchesne’s L’Histoire Naturelle des Fraisiers (English, The Natural History of Strawberries) was published.

In this book, Duchesne first recognized the F. ananassa plants for the F. chiloensis x F. virginiana hybrid that they were.

Among those that received a living F. chiloensis plant from Frézier was the Royal Medicinal Garden in Paris, France.

Consequently, it has long been speculated that the first F. ananassa strawberries may have grown in this royal garden. Whether this is correct or not, it is certain that the first “garden” strawberry cultivars did sprout somewhere in the southern England-northern France-Benelux region of western Europe.

As an interesting aside, the name “Frézier” is etymologically derived from “fraise”, the French word for “strawberry”. However, the name “Frézier” pre-dates Lt. Col. Frézier and his mission to Chile. It is just another odd case of someone “living-up-to-his-name”.

Strawberries are bright red in color, have a juicy texture, a characteristic aroma, and a sweet flavor.

They are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, and also contain decent amounts of folate (B9) and potassium.

Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, and may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.

The carbohydrate content of strawberries consists mainly of fibers and simple sugars. They score relatively low on the glycemic index and should not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels.

Strawberry Spice Powder


Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate (B9) and potassium, and contain small amounts of several other vitamins and minerals.

Strawberries contain high amounts of beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins and procyanidins.

Pelargonidin is the major anthocyanin in strawberries, and causes their bright red color. Anthocyanins may have benefits for heart health.

Ellagitannins and ellagic acid are very powerful antioxidants found in strawberries. They have been linked with numerous health benefits.

Strawberries may decrease the risk of heart disease by improving the cholesterol profile, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Strawberry allergy is rather common, especially among children. Individuals who are sensitive to birch pollen, or have apple allergy, may experience allergic symptoms after consuming strawberries.

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries. They are classified in the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Vaccinium also includes cranberries, bilberries and grouseberries.

This Blueberry Spice Powder can be used in bread batters, on fruit and as toppings on food or drinks. These finely ground spices have no added ingredients or additives and are a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Below is a link to purchase these healthy spices that are completely the fruit or vegetable they are dried and grounded into.

Blueberry Spice Powder
.06oz of ground blueberries for $9

Blueberry Spice Powder


Blueberry Nutrition:

Calories in Blueberries

Blueberries contain 80 calories per serving, which is one cup.

Fiber in Blueberries

With 3.6 grams of fiber per serving, blueberries help you meet your daily recommended intake of fiber.

Carbs in Blueberries

Blueberries contain naturally occurring sugars and fiber, which are both carbohydrates.

Vitamins and Minerals in Blueberries

Blueberries contribute vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, making them a good choice to help meet nutrient needs.

One cup of blueberries (148 grams) contains 84 calories.

Blueberries are small, around 5–16 millimeters, or 0.2–0.6 inches, in diameter. They range from blue to purple in color.

Different kinds of blueberries exist, so their appearance may vary slightly. The two most common varieties are highbush and lowbush blueberries.

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