The Mad Writer’s Tea Party—Exotic TeasDid you know that all teas—white, green, semi-green, oolong and black—are in the same family of plants? Or that many of the world’s finest teas are grown at high altitudes, on misty mountain tops? The mist allows the sun’s heat to reach the plants, but protects them from direct sunlight.
White teas are the mildest tasting and the lightest colored, so I was surprised to learn they have the highest anti-oxidant content—three times higher than green tea. White teas should be steeped for three to five minutes.
Green teas have a stronger taste and deeper color than white teas. They are best brewed with water just before it comes to the boil, It’s important not to oversteep the tea as that will break down the antioxidants and other nutrients. Think about what happens to spinach that has been overcooked. Yuck. The same thing happens to tea.
Although green tea contains some caffeine, it also lowers blood pressure. So unless you’re really sensitive to caffeine, you can probably drink it bedtime and still be able to sleep.
Black teas are high in vitamin A, and they also help to normalize blood sugar levels.
One of today’s giveaways is a package of a tea called Sacred Ember. It’s a white tea that has been hand tied around the flower from a lily.
If you have a clear glass teapot, watch the tea as it blossoms and appreciate the delicate color and suble flowery aroma. A cup of tea becomes a total sensory experience.
Matcha—a Japanese green tea that has been ground into a fine powder—is one of the most unusual teas I’ve ever tasted.
Traditionally, matcha is brewed in a small bowl and whisked until frothy. It’s a strong-tasting tea with an earthy, robust flavor and a seaweedy scent that’s reminiscent of sushi, and not clear like most teas. Matcha contains seven times more vitamin C than a glass of orange juice. I recently attended a tea tasting at which the demonstrator used it to make smoothies. If matcha isn’t your cup of tea, you might enjoy this.
Matcha SmoothieI’m giving away some great prizes today. To be eligible to win one, simply post a comment. Winners will be announced tomorrow on The Writer Side of Life.
a generous spoonful of matcha
one cup of soy milk
Put everything in a blender and process till smooth. You can also add a little ice, or use frozen banana slices for a colder drink.
Ready for more tea? Please follow these links to a chat about tea parties on The Writer Side of Life, and then drop by the Harlequin American Romance Authors blog for some tips on making and serving your own Afternoon Tea.