After you brew your tea – your tea leaves aren’t exactly done. They can be used in recipes and even getting the bags out from under your eyes. Now an undergraduate makes biscuits out of used tea, giving used tea leaves one more use. Izzudin Ismail, who is a second year Univeristy Sains Malaysia student majoring in food technology, worked closely with his team comprising his lecturers and course mates to formulate the biscuits which have a low gylycemic index, making them good for diabetics.
“I have always liked baking since I was a small boy. My specialties include apple pies, brownies, cakes and an assortment of cookies.The idea to use used tea came about after my team and I noticed the abundance of used tea bags disposed by the beverage industry after extraction,”
The team that works on this project is supervised by lecturers Dr Sapina Abdullah and Professor Abdul Karim Alias. The team won the gold award in the recent International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre two weeks ago for their innovation.
The team which was accompanied by Universiti Sains Malaysia Vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman also distributed the biscuit named “BisTea” to the members of the press to be sampled as proof that the biscuit tastes delicious besides boasting of the benefits of tea.
This is definitely another interesting way to utilize tea, used or otherwise. If tea leaves can be used in this biscuit recipe, there is a whole world of tea related foods to be explored, and that’s something to be happy about.