It was just announced that olive tea will soon be available in the U.K. and Europe. Yep, leaves from the same tree that yields olives and olive oil.
About ten years ago, Rajasthan, located in northwestern India, began to grow olives, with technological assistance from Israel.
The climate was suitable, and they devised machinery that processes the leaves in the crush-tear-curl method that is currently used for many black teas.
Billed as an alternate to green tea, olive tea, or tisane, contains antioxidants that may help prevent certain cancers and may help with cardiac disease and mental stress, according to the press release.
In fact, the article promises great things for this tisane:
The olive tea is called a modern day elixir because its health benefits are more than any other tea. Packed with antioxidants, this tea clears the skin of toxins and carcinogens. It energizes even when it has no caffeine. It reduces wrinkles, acne and gives the skin a young glow. It eats away cholesterol and reduces blood pressure. It improves immunity and hence prevents cold and flu.
Yeah, right. I think they are over-reaching a bit here.
Plus, nowhere in this article do they say what the tisane tastes like, and the Olitia Foods website simply says, “With the mild aroma of olive oil, the exotic original olive tea helps you relax.”
That may be true, but I’m still not convinced that the tea tastes good, which is my primary reason for drinking it.
Yet, other leaves, such as the premium Japanese Mulberry Leaves shown here, make superb tea, so maybe in another few months we will all be extolling olive tea!
Source: Olitia Foods Pvt. Ltd. “World’s first processed olive tea from the farms of Rajasthan reaches Europe,” PR Newswire. September 8, 2017.