Teas vs. Tisanes: What's the Difference?
We refer often refer to hot, steeped beverages of all kinds as tea, but that is technically incorrect.
Teas vs. Tisanes
Tea comes from the leaves of camellia sinensis, a shrub native to regions of Asia. All teas from black, green or oolong are derived from the camellia sinensis plant. Tisanes (pronounced ti-zahn) are infusions that don't contain leaves of the Camellia Sinensis. Instead they are infusions made from the leaves, roots, berries, and spices of other plants.
Different Types of Tisanes
There are many various types of Tisanes. They are often categorized by the plant part of origin, such as the leaf, flower, bark, root, fruit or seed. Here are some examples of the various types of tisanes:
- Leaf tisanes: peppermint and lemongrass
- Flower tisanes: rosehips, camomile, hibiscus and lavender
- Bark tisanes: cinnamon and black cherry
- Root tisanes: ginger and licorice
- Fruit/berry tisane: raspberry, blueberry, peach and apple
- Seed/spice tisanes: cardamom and fennel
Tisanes are caffeine-free and can be served hot or cold. Herbal teas have a long history, dating back to ancient China and Egypt, where tisanes were drunk for both enjoyment and medicinal purposes.