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Step by step on how to make a delightful chai iced tea

Step by Step on How to Make a Delightful Chai Iced Tea

Chai is the common name for tea in INDIA; they called it “masala chai”. The tea is basically black so the other spices do not empower the taste. A wide range of spices are use to make chai tea such as cinnamon, ginger, star anise, cloves, peppercorn and cardamom. Here are the basic steps on how to make chai tea a delightful treat.

Ingredients:

A couple of tsp fresh ginger root; grated a whole star anise; broken up a tsp orange peel; grated four pieces cinnamon bark cut in 1 1/2 inch a tsp cardamom seeds ten whole cloves five whole peppercorns five cups water a quarter cup of black tea leaves a tsp of vanilla a quarter cup of honey three cups of milk

Preparation:

Bind the ginger root, star anise, orange peel, cinnamon bark, cardamom seeds, cloves and peppercorns in a cloth. The process is called “bouquet garni” (Bouquet garni- is a bundle of herbs usually tied together mostly with a string and use to     prepare soup, tea or stock.) Put the bouquet garni in a jar of water and then bring water to a boil, after that, and then set the heat to low and continue cooking. (Boiling water may take out the bitterness of the leaves.) Add in the tea leaves and then let it simmer for 15 minutes more. When you’re done take out the bouquet garni from the pot and then filter the liquid with the use of a strainer to take out tea leaves. Mix in honey, vanilla, and milk before serving. You may either serve it hot or cold.

Below are the benefits of making chai iced tea

The Chai Tea has its beneficial effects because of the oxidation process that can prevent different types of cancer. It is also believed to lessen the probabilities to develop cataracts. It has a composition of Tannin that balances the useful component of caffeine. A natural stress remedy. Improves your body’s immune system, preventing you from flu and other diseases. Blood Pressure lowering effects. Cinnamon is known for treating diarrhea. Star anise has been use for diuretic medicinal properties. Ginger is use to treat motion sickness. Black Pepper has natural antibiotic that treats digestive problem.

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Organic black tea – the best loved tea sets the bar higher

Organic Black Tea – The Best Loved Tea Sets the Bar Higher

Although green tea is steadily gaining up on black tea in popularity, majority of tea aficionados, particularly in the west, still prefer black over green. One of the reasons is because black tea has a stronger taste and aroma than its green counterpart. Black tea is also known to have more caffeine and generally has a longer shelf life.

There are two extremely popular kinds of black tea: Darjeeling and Assam. Both types got their names from the regions from which they were and are primarily grown. Darjeeling is mainly found in the Darjeeling region of India while Assam is found in the Assam region, also in India. They can easily be identified at first sight since the plants that produce Darjeeling teas have small leaves, while those of Assam have large leaves.

This type of naming convention has been patterned after another popular European beverage: wine. The really prized wines are those that are named after the regions from which they are grown. Burgundy, Bordeaux, and of course, Champagne are examples of such beverages.

The same concept holds true with teas. Darjeeling and Assam are thus the best types of teas. Hence, as the demand for tea increases due to their alleged health benefits, Darjeeling and Assam are at the forefront of this shoot up in popularity.

Today, people are concerned not only for their own welfare but for nature as well. As such, moves to go ‘green’ are extremely popular. This has resulted in the drive to grow edible plants, including teas, organically. Hence, organic herbal teas are in demand nowadays.

Thus, you can see more tea producers promoting their organic green tea and organic black tea products. Labels announcing that the products inside their packaging are ‘organically grown’ are no longer surprising to see. Organic Darjeeling and organic Assam teas are steadily becoming in demand.

The argument for preferring organic herbal teas is understandable especially from an environment-friendly perspective. If the vast tracks of land that grow tea plants use harmful chemicals that destroy the environment and take large carbon footprints to produce, then the negative effects can far outweigh the positive effects, i.e., being bearers of anti-oxidants.

The history of teapots

The History of Teapots

Tea (camellia sinensis,) was cultivated in the 4th century CE, after wild specimens were brought to China from India. Teapots were not used until much later on.

Early forms of Teapots


Traditional teapots weren’t needed until leaf infusion became popular at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China. At this point, teapots were necessary to allow for the tea to steep in boiling water.

Drinking vessels for wine and water had been around in China for years. These vessels which had a spout and handle, eventually evolved to create teapots.

Yixing Teapots

The Yixing teapot, created during China’s Ming dynasty is believed to be the first teapot. It was made from zisha (purple clay,) specifically to brew or steep tea. Today, Yixing teapots are still made by skilled artisans from clay found in the Jiangsu Province. They are made from unglazed clay, which gradually absorbs the flavor and color of the teas brewed in them, making them a desirable tea vessel for tea lovers.

Yixing teapots were not only used to brew tea, but were actually drinking vessels. One would drink directly from the spout of the pot.

By the 15th century CE, tea was no longer regarded solely for its medicinal properties. The Japanese and Chinese were drinking tea for ceremonial purposes. Japanese use of teapots created a demand for this new form of pottery.

Japanese artist Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) was the driving force behind the development of the Yixing teapots into an art form.

In 1694, the British East India Company requested that the teapots made for them in China should have a grate or pierced barrier where the tea enters the spout so as to hold the tea leaves back. The British also began to make their own teapots.

Chinese scholars and intellectuals involved themselves in the design of teapots. The transition from using drinking bowls to using teapots for tea was a smooth one, but also prompted the invention of hard-paste porcelain in the western world.

The Japanese began making red clay or shudei teapots. They hired Chinese artists to teach them techniques for making the teapots, and developed new methods for creating these delicate wares.

Porcelain

In the early 1700s, Johann Friedrich B?ttger was commissioned by King Augustus of Poland to develop the European equivalent of the clay used to make Chinese porcelain, and was finally able to produce a hard paste strong enough to be cut with steel that was also fine, white and translucent. This was considered a breakthrough.

Some time later, in the 1760s, Josiah Wedgwood’s improved cream-colored earthenware was introduced. It was more attractive to consumers and didn’t crack on contact with hot water.

In the 18th century, the development of white porcelain in Europe had a strong influence on the rise in popularity of white porcelain in Asia.

Another important invention was that of bone china. Bone china was tough, refined, and easy to manufacture.

Tea drinking at the time was considered a luxury. Today, many of the teapots from these early periods are collectibles.

Organic darjeeling tea – falling in love with india’s prized black tea

Organic Darjeeling Tea – Falling In Love With India’s Prized Black Tea

Darjeeling tea has long been one of the most highly valued teas of the United Kingdom as well as other regions in the world that had once been under the colonization of the British Empire. This black tea comes from the Darjeeling region of West Bengal, India. It is known for its distinct flavor known as muscatel that leaves a mint like aftertaste.

Darjeeling teas are usually made from the small leaf varieties. This is in contrast to the other popular tea, Assam, which comes from the large leafed varieties. Darjeeling teas, which were traditionally produced as black tea, are now found in white and green teas as well.

Nowadays, people are getting more and more conscious of their health. They are no longer contented with just the therapeutic and health benefits of antioxidants like tea and coffee. Instead, they have become quite particular as to how the plants from which these came from were grown. What people are looking for now are organically grown types.

If the products were treated with synthetic fertilizers or grown in lands that have been identified as having been treated with these fertilizers in the past, then they usually wouldn’t want to have anything to do with them. This makes perfect sense because plants that have been treated with these harmful chemicals might have corrupted essential oils.
This would therefore reduce the positive effects of the teas. This line of thinking has been applied to all types of teas. Health conscious individuals are not just looking for black tea or green tea to keep themselves healthy. They are looking for organic green tea and organic black tea.

Hence, organic Darjeeling tea has now become the most highly prized tea in the world. Farms have now made it a point to strictly adhere to the practices of growing Darjeeling tea organically. That essentially means getting certification for implementing such growing practices.

Organic herbal teas have somehow set the bar higher for tea production and growing. If the top tea producers want their products to be continuously patronized by connoisseurs and health buffs alike, they will need to adhere to these practices.

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