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Apple Tea


Fresh apples pulped with boiling water.

Long assumed to be a health-giving drink, known at least since the preacher John Wesley's Journal for 25th April 1754; "I judged it would be best to keep my Bed, and to live a while on Apples and Apple-tea."

Original Receipt from the 'Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald' - Saturday 20 February 1892

Take four large cooking apples, cut there quarters with the peel on. Cut a lemon into thin slices with the rind on, sprinkle over the whole six ounces of crushed loaf sugar. Put all into a jug, and over it pour two quarts of boiling water; cover until cold, strain and it will be fit to drink. Should the lemon be disapproved of it easy omit it. or to replace by three cloves as a pleasant flavouring. Pearson's Weekly.

Original Receipt from 'Food Remedies - Facts About Foods and their Medicinal Uses' By Florence Daniel, 1908

A diet consisting chiefly of apples has been found an excellent cure for inebriety. Health and strength may be fully maintained upon fine wholemeal unleavened bread, pure dairy or nut butter, and apples.
Apple water or apple tea is an excellent drink for fever patients.
Apples possess tonic properties and provoke appetite for food. Hence the old-fashioned custom of eating an apple before dinner.

Apple Tea.
The following are two good recipes for apple tea:(1) Take 2 sound apples, wash, but do not peel, and cut into thin slices. Add some strips of lemon rind. Pour on 1 pint of boiling water (distilled). Strain when cold. (2) Bake 2 apples. Pour over them 1 pint boiling water. Strain when cold.

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