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Where In The World Is That Tea From?

Where In The World Is That Tea From?

Tea is not just something nice to drink, but an international commodity. Have you ever wondered where that tea in your tea cup came from? Tea was first grown and cultivated  in China. Before long, it spread to Japan and then was transplanted far and […]

Oolong Tea Benefits

Oolong Tea Benefits

You hear about green tea, black tea, and herbal tea in more and more studies, but what about oolong? 2 % of all tea produced worldwide is oolong.  It is one of the most popular types of tea in China and has numerous health benefits. Oolong […]

The Business of Tea

The Business of Tea

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost all U.S. households. It is the only beverage that is commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere,  and for any occasion. On any given day, over 160 million Americans can be found drinking tea. In 2011 Americans consumed over 65 billion servings of tea or over 3 million gallons. About    85 % was black tea, 14% was green tea, and the remaining amount was white tea and oolong tea. 2011 marked the second consecutive year that the US imported more tea than the UK.  Approximately 85% of tea consumed in the US is iced. The tea  industry anticipates strong, continuous growth over the next five years. And that is only in the US, there are tea drinkers all over the world.

Much of the world’s tea is grown 3,000 – 7,000 feet above sea level, between the tropic of capricorn  and the tropic of cancer, where there is mineral rich soil. The top five exporters of tea are Kenya, Sri Lanka, China, India, and Vietnam. China’s tea exports decreased last year, by 2.8 percent.   The output reached 1.75 million tons , with 3,10,000 tonnes shipped overseas.  China’s tea exports have reached more than 120 countries and regions worldwide. Because the value of Tea exports increased last year so did the price, which ultimately had an effect on the exports. Yang Shengjun, Vice-President of the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce, says that China will work to nurture major tea producers and boost their ability to innovate.

Tea, no matter where you are, is important both with how much you shell out for that tin or cardboard box and how much the global market is paying. Tea is green in more ways than one.

a healthy cup of tea

a healthy cup of tea

Everyday more and more studies seem to coming out with how healthy tea is, what different chemicals and enzymes can be suppressed by drinking tea and different diseases and deficiencies can be prevented. It seems like a miracle drink, getting more and more amazing everyday. […]

Lily flower tea

Lily flower tea

There’s is that memorable quote from Harry Potter when Professor Slughorn tells Harry about his fish Francis,  It was a student who gave me Francis. One Spring afternoon I discovered a bowl on my desk, just a few inches of clear water in it. Floating […]

Removing sunburn with tea

Removing sunburn with tea

According to boldsky.com, you can use tea to get rid of sunburn. With long hot days ahead, whether near pools, lakes or beaches, sunburn despite best intentions may be in your future.

You can get rid of sunburn completely by applying tea on the affected area. You can use it in bag form, liquid form, or mixed with milk.  Tea has tannic acid that soothes the sun burned skin.
Ways to remove sunburn with tea:

1. You can brew few tea bags in water. Let it cool in a refrigerator. Now, dip a towel in it and squeeze out excess liquor from the towel. Place it on the sunburned skin and leave for 30 minutes.

2. If you have prepared tea with tea bags, you can use it to remove sunburn naturally. Do not throw away the tea bags. Let them cool and then place the tea bags on the affected skin. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

3. Take a tea bath. Soak few tea bags in the bucket and leave for 20 minutes. The more you soak the tea bags, the more tannic acid will be released in the water. Now you can take a bath with that water to treat sunburn naturally.

4. Apply black tea to the sun burned skin to treat it naturally. You can also use chamomile tea to soothe the burned skin.

5.  Mix tea bags with milk and then apply on the affected area. It is one of the natural ways to treat sunburn.

This is one more awesome thing that you can do with tea. It’s one more reason to keep chugging that iced tea during the summer.

 

 

Tea temperature and brewing guide

Tea temperature and brewing guide

Above is a guide to help with both the brewing time and the temperature of water in which to brew different types of tea. Each type of tea is of its own character and responds to different water temperatures and length of time brewed. If brewed […]

The all powerful goji berry

The all powerful goji berry

We’ve heard a lot these days about the Goji berry, praised as a “super fruit” by many health guru’s. It can be brewed by itself into tea or combined with other teas. It is used to help eyesight, protect the liver, boost the immune system […]

Green Tea Recipes: Mix It Up

Green Tea Recipes: Mix It Up

Love green tea, but getting bored of just drink warm cup after warm cup? Well there are tons of recipes and different variations you can try with different teas. There are even green tea variations on baked goods, like cheese cake and cupcakes. The possibilities are really endless.

One thing you can do, is add different flavors to your standard green tea. One recipe, called “Green tea berry delight” off of all recipes.com, calls for simply pouring green tea over frozen fruit. In this instance, it calls for a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and 4 frozen strawberries. You put the fruit at the bottom of a tall glass and pour 2 cups of iced green tea over the fruit. Together it makes a refreshing fruity drink full of antioxidants.

Another twist on the beverage is making , another recipe from the website, “Sparkling Green Tea Lemonade”. To make you need 2 cups of hot water, 2 (3 g) bags of green tea, 3 tablespoons of white sugar, 2 cups chilled seltzer water, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, and one sliced lime.  To make after brewing the green tea for 5 minutes in a pitcher, take the tea bags out and then stir the sugar into the tea until completely dissolved. Chill the tea in the refrigerator for 35 minutes. Take it out and pour the seltzer water and lime juice into the pitcher. You can also put the slices of lime in with the pitcher.  Now you have some deliciously fizzy green tea.

Other recipes like Green Tea cheesecake and cupcakes are made with Green Tea macha. There are tons of recipes to be found both online or even in your home, experimenting with the teas and flavors you have.  You can purchase different types of Green tea here. So go forth, have fun with your tea. Put berries and cream and sweets and selzer in – mix and mix until what you find is right for you. Find that perfect Green – with a little jazz.

Alert the Papparaz-Tea

Alert the Papparaz-Tea

Have you ever wondered what tea celebrities were drinking? It’s not just coffee and juice cleanses in Hollywood – tea is all around.  In Washington, DC  Barack Obama drinks tea in the morning instead of coffee. He is frequently seen drinking tea during interviews and […]