What is tea? Tea is the dried and processed leaves of only one species of plant called camellia sinensis. Interestingly enough, herbal teas or herbal infusions are not really teas, but simply dried leaves and/or flowers from various other plants and herbs.Black tea, oolong tea, and green tea come from the same Camellia sinensis plant. But unlike the other two varieties, green tea leaves are not fermented before steaming and drying.
Teams well with Oriental food such as Indian, Thai or Chinese, especially the kind called Chai, which is made with some of the same cooking spices as in classic Oriental cooking. Black teas compliments silky, creamy treats like ice cream, yogurt or a bowl of breakfast cereal. If you are serving chocolate with your black tea, consider making the tea with less sweetener, so your taste buds don’t go on such a sugar overload, you won’t really be able to taste anything other than sugar.
A lot of people don’t realize green tea can be drunk hot and not always iced. Green teas have a taste you have to get used to. Some people find the bitterness builds up with each cup, and so can only have one or two cups a day. It seems the salt cuts down on the bitterness of any green tea.
There are many kinds of herbal teas, with different flavors.
- Fruity: If you find the tea to be too sweet, balance the taste with a salty snack.
- Medicinal: These usually have combinations of herbs, spices and leaves in order to make you feel better, not necessarily to be a pleasure to drink. Some blends work great with a light snack, like a small bowl of cereal or a peanut butter sandwich, provided the mint is mild and there is no eucalyptus which can completely overwhelm the palette.
- Grassy: They taste a bit like cooking water, only a lot better. These go with almost any kind of dinner you can imagine. They often do not need a sweetener. Not recommended for breakfast.
Red Bush Tea (Rooibos)
This naturally decaffeinated yet energizing tea from South Africa is a well-known favorite in Europe, especially England, and is making a splash over in the rest of the world. This has a unique taste which makes a delightful change from your regular black tea. You can drink this with or without milk. It goes great with almost any kind of food except dishes based with heavy tomato sauces or lots of mustard.
Benefits of Tea
Green tea may be superior to plain caffeine in aiding weight loss. According to a new study, green tea appears to accelerate calorie burning – including fat calories.
Loose vs Bags
Tea made from loose leaves has more antioxidants than tea bags, which tend to have lower-quality, powdered leaves.
Green tea, rich in antioxidant treasures protect against heart disease and cancer, now shows promise as an allergy fighter. Researchers have found that the antioxidants in green tea, block the biochemical process involved in producing an allergic response. Green tea may be useful against a wide range of sneeze-starting allergens, including pollen, pet dander, and dust.
Do you fret over the appearance of wrinkles, age spots and other signs of growing old? Oolong tea may be the answer to your skin worries. Drink your cuppa and feel young!