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Pairing Green Tea With Food: A Guide to 5 Green Teas And Food Pairing

 

PAIRING GREEN TEA WITH FOOD: A GUIDE TO GREEN TEAS AND FOOD PAIRING

 

Although we’re used to the afternoon tea concept of hot tea served with scones and sandwiches, or as an after-dinner drink, pairing green tea with food or different dishes might seem like a new idea. But the right tea can improve any meal.

When pairing green tea with food or a dish that has been prepared with tea, there are a few different options. The tea used in the dish may be sipped alongside if its flavor in the food is subtle and would not become redundant.

When you’re pairing green tea with food or a dish that was not cooked with tea, consider the flavor profiles, aromatics, and textures of the tea and the dish. To start with, familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the tea. 

A more astringent tea is wonderful paired with richer foods for a textural pairing. An earthier tea goes well with meat or chocolate in a pairing of complementary flavors, and sweeter teas may balance nicely against a salty or a spicy dish, as an example of pairing for contrast. 

 

PAIRING GREEN TEA WITH FOOD

Green Tea and food pairing

Unoxidized Green Teas Generally pair well with seafood and fish, but the repairing has a bit of variation. Green teas can be broadly characterized as brothy, nutty, earthy, briny, vegetal, or sweet, and it is important to note which of these characteristics a particular tea exhibits when pairing green teas with food. Here is a list of  green teas and food pairing.

 

1) DRAGONWELL 

Dragonwell, also called Lung Ching green tea, is originally from Hangzhou in the Zhejiang Province Lake Region in China.

The finest Lung Ching can be stunning. It exhibits a unique flat shape because it is ironed during wok-firing. It has a slightly sweet, vegetal aroma, a mellow, smooth, chestnut-like flavor, beautiful jade green color, and lingering sweet finish. 

FOOD PAIRINGS:

Dragonwell has the astringency to pair particularly well with many kinds of cheese. It has a nutty quality that combines deliciously with a well-aged Gruyère. It also goes well with seafood, fish, fruits, and custards, and steeps well into vodka. 

 

2) GENMAICHA 

Genmaicha Green Tea and Food pairing

This famous green tea is combined with toasted brown rice. Sometimes powdered matcha is also added. When toasted, some of the brown rice pops, giving it the nickname “popcorn tea.”

The roasted brown rice eases the sharpness of the sencha, yielding a nutty, earthy, and relaxing tea, almost brothy.

FOOD PAIRINGS:

Genmaicha green tea pairs well with seafood, rice, chicken, and light vegetables.

 

3) GUNPOWDER 

This rich, full, assertive green tea typically from Zhejiang Province gets its name from the appearance of the tightly rolled leaves, which resemble gunpowder pellets.

It is used as the base tea for Moroccan mint tea and takes very well to sweeteners. Due to the tight roll of the leaf, Gunpowder holds its freshness very well for a green tea and, like all greens, is very vulnerable to overstepping. 

FOOD PAIRINGS:

Gunpowder tea pairs well with fish, lemon, mint, basil, and vinegar. Due to its pungency, it pairs more effectively with smoked and barbecued meats than many other green teas. 

 

4) SENCHA GREEN TEA

Pairing Sencha Green Tea with Food

This sun-grown and steamed tea is one of the most famous and readily available Japanese tea. 

Good-quality sencha offers a delicate sweetness, mild astringency, and herbaceous character. Watch the steeping time and temperature carefully as it is very prone to overstepping. 

FOOD PAIRINGS:

Sencha pairs very well with seafood, rice, egg dishes, and raw or lightly cooked vegetables. It infuses nicely into vodka or sake; adding fruits, herbs, or flower petals to the infusions can result in marvelous tea cocktails. 

 

 

5) GYOKURO 

This fine tea is shade-grown and steamed. The striking dark green needle-like leaves steep into a sweet and delicate liquor. 

This tea should be steeped at a much cooler temperature, around 140°F/60°C, for about 1 ½ minutes. 

FOOD PAIRINGS:

Gyokuro pairs well with seafood, rice, egg dishes, and raw or lightly cooked vegetables. With its delicate flavor, gyokuro is best enjoyed as a beverage, rather than used in cooking. 

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Honeybush Tea: Meaning, Health Benefits and Processing

 

Honeybush Tea: Meaning, Health Benefits and Processing 

 

Honeybush is an entire species of bushes also native to South Africa. The bushes grow along the coast in the region just south of Cedarberg. Some species thrive in the mountains, but others are harvested on wet southern slopes, marshy areas, and hilly streambeds.

Honeybush is not cultivated, so the harvesting is done by gathering from natural populations. This makes for uneven quality. Some enthusiasts maintain that this unrefined, organic harvesting method adds value to the medicinal virtues of the tea while others remain sceptical.

 

What is Honeybush Tea?

What Is Honeybush Tea

While rooibos infusions are brewed exclusively from leaves, the gorgeous yellow flowers, sweetly scented leaves, and softer stems go into making honeybush tea. 

The best quality material is found in young bushes. Many bushes are severely pruned so that newer shoots can be harvested the following season. Harvesting of a single bush occurs every two to three years.

 

How Honeybush Tea is Processed?

How Honeybush Tea is Processed?

The organic materials are fermented either in the traditional way in piles, or cured in a low-heat oven until the green color changes to dark brown and exudes a sweet, honey-like scent. 

Oven oxidation results in a more standardized product, but the dried materials are not as attractive as when the traditional method is used. After fermentation, the tea is dried and ready to drink.

 

Health Benefits Of Honeybush Tea 

Health Benefits Of Honeybush Tea 

  •  Like rooibos, honeybush tea is caffeine- and pesticide-free and its tannin content is low. 
  • The herbal infusion is mineral-rich, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc. It also contains substantial amounts of the chemical Pinitol, which helps expel mucus from the respiratory tract by promoting coughing.
  • Honeybush tea is loaded with flavones, isoflavones and xanthines, antioxidants that combat viruses, fungi, and microbes that invade the body.
  • Honeybush tea can ease digestive problems; bolster the immune system; shrink allergic reactions; battle free radicals; reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast, uterine, and prostate cancer; lower cholesterol levels; and regulate the menstrual cycle. 

 

To derive the most therapeutic benefits from this herbal tea, it seems more effective to take it together with rooibos. This makes sense since the two types of bushes are such good neighbours. Besides, the two teas taste better together.

Honeybush is more full-bodied and sweeter. The taste has been described as something between hot apricot jam, dried fruit, and honey.

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Types of Green Tea : 8 Popular Green Teas To Drink

 

Types of Green Tea : 8 Popular Green Teas To Drink

 

This blog discusses common types of green tea and what they do health-wise. You must understand that all green teas do more or less the same thing health-wise because they are all the same tea.

Some variation in vitamin and mineral content, caffeine and tannin amounts as well as pollutants do occur. These differences are due to growing conditions and regions where the tea is cultivated, and slight variations in processing techniques.

Hundreds of varieties of green teas are available on the market today. The following list describes the types of green tea you are likely to find on your natural grocery and health food store shelves.

First, the name of the tea is stated, then its country of origin to help you when you ask for it in a store or online. This is followed by a short description of each tea and a suggested health benefit.

 

 1) Bancha (Japan)

Bancha Green Tea

Unlike most green teas, the coarse leaves are picked late in the season and harvested together with the stems and stalks to make bancha.

Tea masters will tell you that this brew tastes flat, but the Japanese drink it as a daily tea in the same way Americans

might drink Lipton’s black. To give bancha its due, it is cheaper than the higher grade teas and pairs well with most foods.

Another advantage is that it delivers a generous dose of digestive enzymes. Therefore, a major health benefit of bancha is to aid digestion.

 

2) Dragonwell (China)

The flat and shiny leaf of this acclaimed tea with its sweet, smooth flavor is among the earliest known Chinese teas. There are six quality grades of Dragonwell; the best is hand-tossed in special iron pans.

The liquid appears clear yellow, almost citrine-like. Therefore, it can represent the yellow hue in color healing. As with all green teas, Dragonwell is thought to help mitigate cancers such as the oesophagus.

 

3) Genmaicha (Japan)

Genmaicha Green Tea

This nutty, crispy tasting green sencha tea is sometimes called “popcorn tea” because the toasted rice with which it is mixed sometimes makes popping noises in the cup.

It is considered a good choice to serve to those whose palates are not familiar with green tea. The leaves are pan-fried before being combined with the toasted rice. Since genmaicha is a sencha tea, the health benefits are the same as for sencha tea.

 

4) Gyokuro (Japan)

The bushes of this superior quality tea are shaded by awnings during the last twenty days before harvesting. Keeping the leaves away from direct sunlight makes them produce more chlorophyll, resulting in a sweetly fragranced bouquet with a pure, vegetal taste. The flat, sharply pointed leaves look green in the brewed cup.

Because the leaves are shaded, they retain a high concentration of amino acids and other nutrients. Because amino acids are the building blocks for forming protein, people who are deficient in protein, such as some vegetarians and vegans, can benefit from drinking Gyokuro tea.

 

5) Gunpowder (China)

Gunpowder Green Tea

The name of Gunpowder tea comes from the way the blend of new and old greyish-green leaves is rolled to resemble gunpowder pellets or little pearls in shape and color. Small, tightly rolled pellets mark a better quality tea than the larger pellets. Gunpowder’s flavor is robust, almost like a black tea. This is due to the way it is processed with more oxidation than most greens.

Consequently, it also contains more caffeine. Because gunpowder tea contains more caffeine, it is a good tea to drink to stay alert. Gunpowder tea is also thought to promote weight loss, as are other green, black, yellow, and white teas.

 

6) Houjicha (Japan)

This tea receives its reddish-brown color, deep aroma, and nutty taste from roasting the large, flat leaves over charcoal. The procedure results in less caffeine than most green teas.

Houjicha makes a good choice for tea drinkers who are sensitive to caffeine. Like all green teas, houjicha makes a reasonable tea to drink to help prevent bladder cancer.

 

 7) Matcha ( Japan )

Matcha Powdered Green Tea

The Japanese powder this shade-grown tea from the Fuji region and use it in their tea ceremony, a cultural tradition. Following tradition, producers crush the leaves in a stone mill. Since the entire leaf is powdered, the amino acids and nutrients are especially potent in this tea.

While it contains more caffeine than most greens, matcha also has a fair amount of the amino acid L-theanine, a natural relaxant. Therefore, it is a good tea to drink to relax.

Because of the concentration of amino acids in this tea, people who suffer from bone, tooth, or hair loss can drink it to positive effect.

 

8) Pouchong (Taiwan)

This tea from the Wenshan region is so named for the way the Cantonese used to package it in little paper packets. The flavor is mild enough that the tea is often found blended with scented teas and stronger green teas.

Rose pouchong is an especially delectable scented tea. The rose blossoms with which this tea is scented will add a trace of vitamin C, so it can be drunk to strengthen the immune system.

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5 Types Of White Tea You Should Know About

 

Types Of White Tea You Should Know About

 

White tea is so named because the silver fuzz that still covers the immature buds and leaves after they are picked turns white when they are dried. In this blog, we will talk about the types of white tea and their health benefits.

 

Health Benefits Of Green Tea

White teas contain a high level of antioxidants because the leaves and buds are steamed and dried immediately after harvesting, locking in their antioxidant qualities.

Because of this kind of processing, white tea contains far less caffeine than other types of tea. Also, this type of tea is brewed at a slightly cooler temperature.

Health benefits of white Teas

Here are some specific health benefits inherent in white tea:

  • The polyphenols in white tea can help fight fatigue and wrinkles due to ageing.
  • Because of its high antioxidant content, white tea can help prevent various cancers better than other types of tea by destroying free radicals. The results of one study suggest that white tea can prevent cancerous colon tumours.
  • For the same reason, white tea can effectively bolster the body’s immune system against a variety of bacteria and diseases. White tea is supposed to kill Staphylococcus and Streptococcus infections as well as bacteria that cause pneumonia.
  • The fluoride in white tea can help prevent tooth decay by slowing the growth of dental plaque.

 

Types of White Tea

There are fewer varieties of white tea exist than green or black teas. As with green tea, white teas are often found scented to add flavor. Here are some types of white tea you should know about.

 

1) Silver Needle white tea

Silver Needle White Tea

This type of white tea is said to be of the highest quality, and therefore, is the most popular. Ivory colored when dried, this variety is made exclusively from the buds coming from the Fujian province of China.

 

2) Peony White Tea

Peony white tea is also a popular tea that looks whitish to clear in the cup. The buds and the top leaves are picked before they open and are allowed to wither only slightly. After withering, they are dried by a hot air process that prevents further oxidation and preserves nutrients and freshness. A high-quality white peony will have both the bud and leaf-covered in silvery-white hair.

 

3) Long Life Eyebrow White Tea

This tea is concocted from the leaves left over after harvesting for silver needles and white peony. This, however, does not mean that the health benefits are fewer as this tea is processed in much the same way as the other white teas.

 

4) White Darjeeling

White Darjeeling

This type of tea is produced in a similar way to silver needle tea, but because it is grown and processed in the Darjeeling region of India, it tastes more earthy and contains more caffeine and fewer antioxidants.

 

5)Yin Zhen

This very slightly oxidized white tea uses only first flush leaf shoots. Yin Zhen is the most expensive, but it is famous for its antioxidant and body cooling properties, so it makes a good tea to drink during the hot summer months.

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Chocolate Brownies: Your Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

 

Chocolate Brownies: Your Best Homemade Brownies Recipe

 

A moist, luscious chocolate brownies are what every great treat needs. This chocolate brownies recipe is all about using raw chocolate as a tool to help you take your health to the next level, as we are going to replicate this classic cake using walnuts and almonds as the base.

When combined with antioxidant frosting, it makes for a sumptuous, satisfying, wholesome treat. The great thing that sets this brownie recipe apart from the rest is that you don’t have to bake or even dehydrate anything.

These brownies can be served alongside a raw ice cream as a hearty dessert or a cup of afternoon tea, cut into slightly smaller pieces or as a bite-size speedy snack straight from the refrigerator.

 

MAKES 20 MEDIUM BROWNIES

Chocolate Brownies

INGREDIENTS
  • Scant ½ cup raw coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 16 fresh dates, pitted and chopped widthwise into 3 pieces
  • 1¼ cups raw walnut halves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon xylitol crystals, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Pinch of pink crystal salt
  • Scant 1 tablespoon yacon syrup
  • Scant ¼ cup fresh filtered water
  • Antioxidant frosting
  • Generous ¼ cup raw cacao butter
  • ½ cup raw cashew nuts
  • ¼ teaspoon purple corn extract powder (optional)
  • 4 heaping teaspoons xylitol crystals
  • Scant ⅔ cup fresh blueberries

 

Preparation:

How to make chocolate brownies

1.  If your coconut oil has hardened and turned white, melt it gently in a bain-marie or dehydrator until a clear liquid (see here).

2.  Process the almonds in your food processor until coarsely ground.

3.  Add the coconut oil, cacao powder, dates, ¾ cup of walnuts, xylitol crystals, and salt to the almonds in the food processor. Process until all the ingredients are completely broken down, stopping the food processor to stir the ingredients with a spoon if necessary. You should have a thick brown batter when it’s done.

4.  Spoon the batter into a large mixing bowl and stir in the remaining walnuts, the yacon syrup, and water until the mixture turns sticky.

5.  Spoon into the cake mold, making sure that the mixture reaches each side of the mold, including the corners. Use the back of the spoon to smooth the top of the mixture evenly.

6.  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm but not frozen.

7.  Meanwhile, make the frosting. Melt the cacao butter gently in a bain-marie or dehydrator until runny (see here).

 

8.  Process the cashew nuts in your power blender on full power, using the plunger, until they form a fine flour. Use a butter knife or chopstick to scrape the milled nuts away from the bottom and sides of the blender jar if they stick.

9.  Add the melted cacao butter, purple corn extract powder (if using), xylitol crystals, and blueberries to the milled nuts in the blender and blend on full power, using the plunger, until smooth.

10.  Remove the firm brownie from the freezer and add the frosting to the top of the cake using a tablespoon. The back of the spoon, a knife, or a spatula all work well to smooth it over. I like to create swirls in the thick frosting with sweeping actions using the back of a metal tablespoon. I also don’t make the frosting right to the edge for this recipe but leave a ½-inch border around the entire brownie for an eye-catching effect.

11.  Return the brownie to the freezer for 15 minutes or until the frosting has set firmly.

12.  Take the brownie out of the freezer and peel the sides of the mold away to loosen it slightly. While the chocolate brownies are still quite firm from being in the freezer, lift it straight out onto a cutting board and sprinkle lightly with xylitol crystals to decorate. Slice into about 1½-inch squares and either serve immediately or keep the brownies refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days.

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Matcha Green Tea Snow Ball Cookies

 

Matcha Green Tea Snow Ball Cookies

 

 Makes about 16 pieces

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 100g Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Powder Sugar

 

PREPARATION:
  • Put matcha green tea powder, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add the cooking oil to the bowl and mix with the flour by cutting motion until it becomes cookie dough.
  • Take a bunch of the cookie dough and round it up with your hands. Repeat to make more cookie balls.
  • Bake them in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for about 15minutes.
  • Cool the cookies at room temperature. Put the powder sugar in a plastic bag and the cookies to sugar-coat the cookies.
  • Serve on a plate and enjoy this matcha snowball cookies!
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Types Of Black Teas

 

Types Of Black Teas

 

Black teas have many health benefits. It can stimulate the nerve cells of the brain to make a certain protein that delays the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and increase alertness. Black tea also contains flavonoids. Flavonoids are an antioxidant that can reduce the likelihood that a person can contract oesophagal cancer.

 

Types of Black Teas

Numerous possible single black teas and blends are available on the market today. The following lists a few bestsellers with short descriptions and some suggested health benefits:

1) Assam Black Tea

Assam Black Tea

More black tea comes from this state in India than from anywhere else. Assam teas have a pleasant malty aroma. If alertness is what you desire, Assam will keep you awake because it contains a lot of caffeine.

 

2) Ceylon Black Tea

Grown in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon), this bright orange-colored tea in the cup exudes a flowery aroma and light aftertaste. Ceylon supplies the base for many blends. Ceylon tea, as well as all other teas, can tone your cardiovascular system.

 

3) Darjeeling Black Tea

A full-bodied, amber-colored liquid with a pleasing flowery, fresh taste. It is cultivated at altitudes of around seven thousand feet in the Himalayas. Darjeeling is called the “champagne of teas” both for its exceptional taste and because it is so difficult to harvest. Drink Darjeeling as well as other teas to improve digestion.

 

4) Earl Grey

As the story goes, this blend is a once-secret formula given to a British Prime Minister by an Imperial Chinese mandarin in gratitude for a successful diplomatic mission. Earl Grey blends china black and Darjeeling teas and is scented with citrusy oil of bergamot. The citrus adds a bit of vitamin C to this tea to strengthen the immune system.

 

5) English Breakfast

Engllish Breakfast_tea

A brisk, full-bodied, colouful blend of Chinese Keemun and Yunnan province blacks, Indian, and Ceylon teas. As is the case with other black teas, English breakfast tea is drunk to stimulate the brain, especially in Kemuning.

 

6) Keemun Black Tea

Formerly known as China Imperial tea, this fine-grade, hand-rolled, and fired black tea from China’s Anhui province exudes a spicy, slightly toasty bouquet. Quality varies according to the year. As with the other types of tea, keemun is drunk to ease the digestion.

 

7) Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong is a Chinese tea black fired over pine root logs to give it a smoky aroma and taste. It can be drunk to imp-color memory.

 

8) Orange Pekoe Black Tea

Many people mistakenly think that orange pekoe (pronounced “peck-oh”) is a type of scented tea. The term actually refers to a large-leaf tea that, when first introduced to the West, was marketed as the preferred tea of the Dutch Royal House of Orange. When fully oxidized and brewed, it displays a bright orange color. It is drunk, as are most teas, to improve digestion.

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Five Different Types of Tea You Should Know

 

Five Different Types Of Tea You Should Know

 

There are hundreds of species of camellia plants, grown in gardens all over the world for their beautiful flowers and dark green glossy foliage. Only one species of camellia is used to make tea, however, and that is Camellia sinensis. All types of teas—white, green, oolong, and black—are made from this plant.

The tea plant is native to the high mountain ranges of the Yunnan province in southern China; sinensis means “from China.”

There are major two varieties of Camellia Sinensis plant: Sinensis and Assamica. The Camellia sinensis plant is best suited to the growing conditions in China and Japan.

Assamica is grown predominantly in India, Africa, and Sri Lanka. hundreds of hybrids and cultivars of these two varieties have been developed over the years.

 

How Each Tea Type Differ From Another

How Each Tea Type Differs From Another

As we have already known all these five different types of tea come from the same bush. Their health benefits are more or less the same because all tea comes from one plant.

Due to different processing techniques, there are slight differences in the health benefits of each type, which also makes them taste different, so you may choose one type over the other according to personal preference.

One significant difference between types of tea is the amount of caffeine each contains. This is the result of different processing techniques, chiefly the length of time the tea leaves are allowed to ferment before drying.

This fermentation process, known as oxidation, occurs after the leaves are left to dry on racks. Then they are twisted and rolled to break up the leaf cells and release the essential oils, which remain on the leaves.

 

Five Types of Tea

Following are short descriptions of the five types of tea along with some of their health benefits.

 

1) White Tea

White_tea_types

White teas are produced on a very limited scale. To harvest white tea, the buds are picked before they open, along with the youngest leaves. This careful harvest is allowed to dry up very slightly and then is dried using hot air to prevent oxidation. This process creates a smooth-tasting, pale yellow clear liquor that emits a delicate grassy aroma.

According to a study, white tea, along with the other types of tea, is thought to stimulate the nerve cells of the brain and reduce occurrences of cancers of the stomach, colon, rectum, bladder, and prostate by attacking free radicals that can accumulate in the tissues.

 

2) Puerh Tea

Puerh_Tea

Puerh tea is a type of green tea. Puerh teas are produced in very limited quantities and only in China. The quantities are so limited that this tea is difficult to obtain in the Uk.

Because this tea oxidizes more slowly than green teas, the damp leaves turn yellow. The leaves are hand-rolled in cowhide while still damp and then air-dried for a day or more.

The health benefits are the same as for white or green teas, but the aroma is flowery and the taste subtle and sweet, without the grassiness associated with most green teas. Puerh tea can be drunk to prevent and mitigate swelling and inflammation.

 

3) Green Tea

Green Tea Image

Green tea begins its journey to the cup by plucking the top two leaves and unopened leaf buds, the most tender and desirable parts of the tea bush.

Harvesting can be accomplished by machine, but truly outstanding green teas are hand-plucked. The leaves are steamed or pan-fired to wither them slightly. Then they are quickly rolled or shaken either by hand or machine to release essential oils and then dried to prevent as much oxidation as possible.

This process endows the leaves with a subtle aroma and light grassy taste, signature characteristics of many green teas.

All types of tea facilitate weight loss, but green tea is thought to be especially good at helping a person shed extra pounds. This is because as with all five types of tea, green tea increases fat oxidation by thermogenesis (heat production ) in the human body. It also lowers LDL cholesterol levels, which makes it a good choice for diabetics.

 

4) Oolong Tea

Oolong_tea

Oolongs are mainly made in China and Taiwan. They come in a variety of flavors, aromas, and colors. Unlike green and white teas, oolong teas can be infused several times.

The term oolong is a variation of a word in Chinese that means “black dragon.” This type of tea originated in the Fujian province of China.

Oolong teas are partially oxidized teas. To create an oolong, leaves are withered and gently shaken to bruise the edges, then semi-oxidized rolled, and dried. The process results in a tea that displays a wide range of flavors.

The antioxidants in oolong tea, as well as in other types, fight infectious diseases and detoxifies the liver.

 

5) Black Tea

Black_tea_image

Black tea is probably the type most familiar. The tea leaves are withered and either rolled or cut. The key difference between black teas and all other kinds is that the leaves are fully oxidized before being dried or fired.

When it comes to nutrition, robust black tea is associated with good health and energy. This is because it contains more caffeine than other types of tea. It is also the reason black teas tend to be more flavorful than other types.

Black tea as well as the other types of tea may decrease LDL cholesterol levels, increase the ability of blood vessels to respond to stress, and thus reduce the risk for hardening of the arteries, heart attack, and stroke.

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Refreshing Lemon Balm Tea: Health Benefits and Recipe

 

 

Refreshing Lemon Balm Tea: Health Benefits and Recipe

 

Lemon balm tea is herbal tea made from the dried leaves of lemon balm plant. Lemon Balm has been used by many cultures as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. It is native to southern Europe and western Asia.

From June to October, it produces small, whitish flowers that are a good source of nectar and pollen for bees. They are also edible.

Lemon balm has slightly rough, scoop-edged, hairy leaves that are a medium green color and smell strongly of lemon when rubbed.

 

Health Benefits of Lemon Balm Tea

Health benefits of Lemon Balm Tea

  • Lemon balm tea has been used to help with indigestion, including the feeling of bloating.
  • It is believed to help the memory, lift spirits, and help combat depression.
  • It is also antiviral and antibacterial and contains vitamin C.

 

 

To Make Lemon Balm Tea

How to make lemon balm tea

1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.

2) Put two pinches (about five leaves) of either fresh or dried lemon balm into a tea bag or teapot. Dried lemon balm may have a stronger taste than fresh.

3) Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea. Cover with a lid and allow the tea to steep for three minutes.

5) Remove the tea bag or pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. The tea has a delicious lemon flavor and a relaxing effect. Enjoy.

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Kombucha Tea: History, Recipe And Health Benefits

 

What is Kombucha Tea: History, Recipe and Health Benefits

 

A strongly brewed and sweetened black tea usually forms the base for this home-brewed fermented tonic called kombucha tea, in which bacteria grows and generates a pancake-like growth on the surface that is sometimes called a “mushroom” due to its shape.

It is often called a cure-all tea with many different benefits. However, the myth remains mostly anecdotal without significant substantiating research.

Kombucha tea is now available as a commercial ready-to-drink beverage. Using many different flavors of tea, such as chai and oolong, can make the experience more interesting.

Several companies have recently introduced kombucha products that can be found in the healthy beverage areas in stores, and it is becoming a more familiar kind of “tea.”

 

The History of Kombucha

The History of Kombucha

As with many folk remedies shared cross-culturally, there are differing stories about kombucha’s origins.

Some believe so strongly in the healing properties of kombucha that it was called “the remedy for immortality” or the “tea of immortality” in China in the third century B.C.E., and later described as “the magic mushroom.”

In the early 1900s, it spread to Russia and the rest of Europe. During World War II, sugar rationing made brewing kombucha more difficult, and its popularity decreased.

 

How to Make Kombucha Tea

How to make Kombucha Tea

Making homebrew kombucha tea usually requires a starter fungus, called a mushroom or a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).

This looks like a wet white disc, about a ½-inch thick and 6–8 inches in diameter. It is added to a freshly brewed (and cooled) half-gallon of sweetened tea along with a cup of the brew from the previous batch.

The batch is then covered with a screen or woven fabric, then set in a warm place for one to two weeks to ferment.

During this time, the SCOBY will mature and reproduce another layer. Almost any tea flavor and a wide variety of sweeteners will work (artificial sweeteners must not be used, however).

The tea can be brewed lightly for a gentler kombucha, and the amount of sugar or sweetener can be reduced for a tangy taste.

 

Health Benefits of Kombucha

Very little scientific information on the health benefits is available, but anecdotal reports of both negative reactions as well as fantastic cures abound.

Those who use kombucha believe that drinking it daily

  • Boosts the immune system,
  • Increases energy,
  • Eases joint pain,
  • balances cholesterol levels,
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps fight cancer.

Another popular claim is that it also contains several beneficial B vitamins.