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Experimenting with Exotic Teas
The Grateful Palate Provisions
Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:00 PM
Joined: 26/06/2013
Posts: 15


In one of my recent posts, I mentioned the growing popularity of cold-brewed coffee, but that’s not the only beverage people are craving. Exotic teas, which always have been part of culinary culture in the Eastern world, have caught on in the West. It’s no surprise that tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, considering the interesting assortment of varieties and the widespread belief in its health benefits. If you haven’t already jumped on the tea bandwagon, here are a few reasons that explain this age-old beverage’s huge comeback. 

 

Variety. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Teas come from the world’s most exotic places, conjuring up images of China, India, Africa, Japan and beyond. There are five main varieties of real tea — White, Green, Black, Oolong and Pu-Erh — all of which come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), but differ in the way they are cultivated and processed. Anything else (like herbal “tea” or chamomile) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea. The less a tea is oxidized, the gentler and lighter it will be, while a heavily oxidized tea will have a dark, deep color with an earthy infusion. Every type of tea has its own unique taste and appeal. 

 

Health Benefits. Looking back a thousand years or more, tea was consumed by royalty and priests because of its health benefits. Today, a major reason that the interest in tea is spiking is likely because of scientific reports on the many benefits it may have for our bodies. The antioxidants in teas are believed to help protect against cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Tea also may help with lowering cholesterol and weight loss. The relaxing benefits can be great for the mind, too.  

 

Trends. Specialty drinks are popular because they are creative and fun, whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail, coffee or tea. Green Tea is popular for its refreshing flavor and different infusions, such as Blackberry Jasmine Green Iced Tea. Matcha has been popping up on menus everywhere for its abundance of nutrients and for having three times as much caffeine as regular green tea. With the great variety of teas to choose from, there are endless options for what you drink and how you drink it.   

 

Start experimenting with different options, perhaps by infusing the tea of your choice with your favorite fruits. I’ve included some recipes you can make yourself, and I encourage you all give them a try.  
  

Black Apple Tea 

Ingredients:  

·      1 sweet apple 

·      2 tablespoons of lemon juice 

·      2 teaspoons of sugar 

·      ½ cup of loose leaf black tea 

·      15 whole cloves  

·      2 cinnamon sticks, broken 

Procedure: 

·      Preheat the oven to 200 degrees 

·      Slice the apples as thin as possible. Soak the slices in a bowl of ice, water and the lemon juice for five minutes.  

·      Drain slices and lay one layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes.  

·      Once dried and cooled, chop the apples finely. Mix the dried fruit with the remaining ingredients and store in an airtight container.  

·      Brew as desired and enjoy! 
  

Cranberry Tea 

Ingredients:  

·      3 ½ quarts of water 

·      1 (12 ounce) package of cranberries 

·      2 cups of white sugar 

·      2 oranges, juiced 

·      2 lemons, juiced 

·      12 whole cloves 

·      2 cinnamon sticks 

Procedure: 

·      In a large pot, combine water and cranberries and bring to a boil. 

·      Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  

·      Add sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Cover and steep for one hour.  

·      Enjoy this seasonal flavor for the upcoming holidays!   

  

If you have questions, please email me at provisions@thegratefulpalate.com. We are situated on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway just south of Oakland Park Boulevard at 3033 NE 32 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Our threecomplementary businesses, Grateful Palate Provisions, Events by Grateful Palate and Shooters Waterfront, share a 340-foot deep-water concrete dock offering shore power and water service. Call +1 954.566.2855 for more information.  

  


 
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