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White loose tea – with anti-cancer properties as well as having the highest concentration of anti-oxidants

White Loose Tea – With Anti-Cancer Properties as well as having the highest Concentration of Anti-Oxidants

White loose teas are known for their anti-cancer properties as well as having the highest concentration of anti-oxidants of any tea. This type of tea offers immune boosting elements that are also great for clearing the complexion and smoothing skin. There are many varieties of white loose teas including Champagne Infused Tea, First Love, Peony White, Silver Needle, Snow Bud and White Pomegranate.

Champagne Infused White Raspberry tea offers the delicate flavor of white loose teas that have been lightly cured and dried. White teas accept sweet flavors well, and the suffusion of light white wine champagne into this herbal tea blend brings the safflower, red raspberry to a higher level. As an afternoon tea, this beverage is sure to please even the pickiest of palates.

First Love white loose tea has a beautiful combination of Silver Needle white tea leaves with pink rose buds. The leaves appear much like blades with small tufts of white fur, and the scented pink rose bud petals creates the aroma of a rose bouquet. A visually attractive blend with a slightly sweet taste and floral overtones, this white loose tea is sure to wake up all the senses.

Peony White loose tea  also known as Bai Mu Dan, is made from the finest Chinese tea buds and leaves that are picked early in the spring in the Fujian province. Steamed and dried after picking, the anti-oxidants and flavors of the peony flower are preserved until the moment of steeping. With a striking appearance of white petals and light green tea leaves, this mixture is sure to please.

Silver Needle white loose tea or Bai Hao Yinzhen, is a gorgeous blend of whites and greens, in long and slender leaves. Being one of the highest grades of white teas available, and one of the rarest, the silver leaf buds give a fresh and tangy flavor. The floral undertones offer a delicate astringency, with bold colors and a sweet aroma and flavor for a more than satisfying drink.

Snow Bud white loose tea offers a visually exquisite sight, made of flat green leaves and buds of curled silver tea leaves. Presenting as a rosy and amber like color, this brew offers a floral sweetness unlike any other. This tea is ideal for breakfast or afternoon indulgence, and offers the vitamins of A and C to aid the immune system for colder months.

White Pomegranate loose tea presents in a colorful blend of reds, yellows and greens. A very subtle and elegant blend, this tea offers a pale and naturally sweetened brew. Fruity undertones and vitamin C from rosehips allows the immune system a wake-up call, while safflower gives amino acids that are essential for health.

White loose teas are uncured and unoxidized tea leaves that come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The white loose tea normally contain buds and young leaves, so as to utilize the higher anti-oxidant content as well as higher level of caffeine. A specialty of Fujian, China this fragrant and delicious type of tea has been perfected over the years.

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Rooibos tea-your toast for refreshment

Rooibos Tea-your Toast for Refreshment

The definition of cooking varies greatly among individuals. In my professional career, I have come across a million people who really don’t bother about what is being served to them. They have other important things to worry about. For them, eating is just a perfunctory duty that is a part of their daily chores.

On the other hand, there are folks like me for whom cooking is fun. It is the innovation, flavor, and a persistent urge to make the dishes more delicious which provides me the fuel to experiment with new ideas.

Cooking is an art of enhancing the flavor with the simplest possible recipe. In case of cooking, less is always more. Off late I have been experimenting with different varieties of tea and possible delicacies that could be made out of it and I must say Rooibos is one of the types I have been infatuated with for long. One cannot classify Rooibos as a kind of tea in particular. Unlike most of its counterparts, Rooibos tea is not a part of the Camellia Sinensis tea family. These are tiny leaves, flat in structure with a red glow like that of ruby.

Rooibos tea is found in South Africa, mainly in outskirts of Cape Town. Though it originated in Africa, Rooibos tea soon gained recognition in other countries as a popular connoisseur.  The most popular connoisseur drink prepared out of Rooibos tea is the one where it is tangled with Orange juice. The recipe is simple enough. All you need is a cup of boiled water, orange, ice and the loose Rooibos tea leaf. At first, pour the tea on boiled water and let it soak for a few minutes. Extract juice out of the orange and stir it with sugar cubes. Add ice with the mixture made out of Rooibos tea and then pour the orange juice over it and shake it well. If you are not particularly fond of orange juice, you may very well replace the same with honey. Once the drink is ready, serve it with a cup of hot chocolate.

If you do not want to stick to the stereotyped recipes, you may want to experiment by adding more spices. All you need to do is boil a mixture of loose tea leaf, sugar, a slice of lemon, a cinnamon stick and some crushed cloves. Once the mixture is considerably hot, pour a cup of red wine and boil it once more. Get rid of the cinnamon stick and the lemon rind and serve the drink with cookies.

In a similar way, Rooibos can be effectively combined with other drinks like Vodka and other cocktails. Some people prefer mixing Rooibos leaves with dishes like desert, coups and also as a part of the main dish. The inherent sweetness of the Rooibos makes a delicious connoisseur in almost every drink made out of it. Rooibos is a powerful antioxidant and its decaffeinated properties make it a promising health drink for consumers of all ages.

Tea flowers

Tea Flowers

Flowering tea or healing teas is a special form of tea made by putting together dried tea leaves, herbs and flowers into a small bundle like a ball. The flowering tea contains tea leaves, tea flowers and other flowers. The dried tea flowers give a very earthy fragrance. The flowering tea provides the same brew as the normal tea with a hint of floral aroma. However, the floral aroma is not as strong as the scent of the teas which contain other flowers, such as, jasmine.

The interesting fact about flowering tea is that the flowers of the tea plant blossom only once a year in the fall. The tea flowers are harvested in the Yunnan province in China from old growth tea trees. The tea leaves and the flowers have medicinal properties and hence, flowering tea is also called healing teas. The flowering tea has very delicate and mild aroma like that of hibiscus and honeydew melon.

To enjoy the beauty of flowering tea, one must place one tea bundle in the glass teapot (preferably) and pour boiling water into it. The leaves start unfurling slowly when they come into contact with hot water. You could steep the leaves for 2-3 minutes minimum or as desired. You could re-steep the flowering tea for a few times at least. When steeped in transparent teapot or teacups, you can see these bundles bloom into flowers.

The process of making flowering tea includes picking of black, white and green tea in the early mornings. This ensures that the tea leaves are damp and easy to flatten and tied in a bundle. The process of bundling could take anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes depending upon the shape and design (for example: balls, mushrooms, cones, etc.) After this, the teas go through the drying, oxidation and firing process. The flowering tea could be steeped few times depending upon the quality and variety being used. The flowering tea is fragrant and aromatic in nature. These tea leaves do not get bitter with too much steeping.

Flowering tea-pompous gourmet for tea drinkers

Flowering Tea-pompous Gourmet for Tea Drinkers

The origin of flowering tea dates back to China where the tea is produced in south western pat of Yunnan province. Flowering teas, better known as blooming teas are handmade tea bowls prepared by combining of gourmet tea along with flowers like aromatic flowers. The gourmet tea leaf is flattened and sewn with cotton threads to form a ball like structure. Some may experiment with shape of that of a Mushroom or a simple cone. Sometimes they are scented with floral blossoms to bring an aromatic effect and it undergoes some oxidation and rigorous drying process before the same is ready for use.

The flowering tea is then dipped into a tea pot filled with lukewarm water and the tea gradually unfurls into a floral structure as the viewers witness an ethereal experience. The tea is then allowed to steep for a few minutes and then decanted to be served to drinkers.
It is really necessary to decant the gourmet within a few minutes after the leaves unfurl. If allowed to steep longer, the same is likely to affect the taste badly and spoil the whole effort.
Flowering tea is usually prepared in a glass teapot or in a transparent surface to as to give a better view to the viewers. Popular varieties of flowers in the process include Chrysanthemum, Lily, Sweet Olive, Marigold, Peony and more. Popular varieties of flowering tea include, Jasmine Pu-Erh, Lily Fairy Black, Lychee Nut flower and more.
The benefits of flowering tea with respect to health cannot be overlooked. It not only shoos off fatigues and stress of the drinkers but contributes to reduce fat from the body. It makes a refreshing drink for both young and adults and its aromatic taste lingers long after taking a sip of the connoisseur.
Lily fairy is yet another gourmet loose tea variety that unfolds to form a beautiful floral bloom once dipped into water. It is made from high grade Black tea, Jasmine and Lily. The splendid appearance coupled with its sweet taste make the gourmet a favorite among tea drinkers. While Jasmine has a role to play in nourishing kidney, lungs and liver, Lily has positive effects on our nervous system. The method of preparing the gourmet is similar to that of Jasmine tea. All you need is a pot of hot boiling water in a glass tea pot. Pour one tea at a time in the container and the bud would unfold into a beautiful floral bouquet. However, unlike Jasmine Pu Erh variety, the gourmet would last for about a month. You may serve the tea with cold water as and when required.

Flowering tea made from Gourmet loose tea leaf make a pleasant gift for your friends whom you wish to surprise on occasions. Its unique appearance and delicious flavor make it a splendid gift to anyone wishing to experiment on delicacies with magnificence.

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