Cranberries Add Balance to This Fruity Tea

Cranberries are fully entrenched in current thanks-giving traditions—and rightfully so because these bright red berries are native to our country and had long been eaten by Native Americans, including mixed into pemmican, a nutrient-rich food that stored and carried well. Our native cranberry is Vaccinium macrocarpon, which has a larger berry than the European variety. The … Continue reading Cranberries Add Balance to This Fruity Tea

Cherry Tea? Cheery Teas to Counter February Dreariness

Perfection: A just-picked cherry. Sweet or tart, either one is amazing. Okay, yes, they are a summer thing, but if the view out of your window is as dreary as the view out of mine, well, you understand why I'm thinking about fruit tea! And cherries are very much a Michigan thing. Nearly surrounded by … Continue reading Cherry Tea? Cheery Teas to Counter February Dreariness

Christmas Tea: Why Does It Contain Oranges?

Picture any holiday and I'll bet that specific foods are part of that snapshot. After all, holidays mean gatherings of people—and festive gatherings of people mean food and drink! When you think about this, it makes sense from many standpoints. The very evolution of our species meant learning to cooperate and share resources to ensure our … Continue reading Christmas Tea: Why Does It Contain Oranges?

A Royal Tea: Victorian Earl Grey

Having identified suitably royal teapots and teacups, it's time to pick a tea to enjoy during this weekend's royal wedding—because I imagine that you, like me, are viewing this wedding from your couch! Earl Grey, of course, is one of the most "English" of blends, although its namesake and history are a bit murky (see … Continue reading A Royal Tea: Victorian Earl Grey

Cambodia’s Lotus Tea

Magnificent temple complexes, some nearly engulfed by huge trees, captivate. This is Cambodia, once part of the China-India-Southeast Asia trade route. It is also home to a Cambodian subspecies of tea, Camellia assamica subspecies lasiocalyx, although an article published in 2016 maintains it is more accurately a variety and not a subspecies. Either way, lasiocalyx grows as … Continue reading Cambodia’s Lotus Tea

A Cup of Sunshine: Pear Mango White Tea

Another cold sullen day. Spring flowers? Months away. Truly, a cup of tea—a simple pleasure—can be just enough. A whiff of summer. And so, Pear Mango white tea is my choice today. This light tea brings summery fruitiness to my morning. A touch of sunshine. Why This Tea Works While many white teas consist of … Continue reading A Cup of Sunshine: Pear Mango White Tea

Pumpkin Chai Tea, Fall’s Favorite Flavors

Pumpkins are part of fall—but no more are they relegated to merely pies! Their warm flavor lends itself to soups and fondues (shown here) and breads and cakes. So it stands to reason that pumpkin would meld wonderfully into a warm, spicy chai, as evidenced by the Pumpkin Chai Haus Blend by TeaHaus. This fragrant blend … Continue reading Pumpkin Chai Tea, Fall’s Favorite Flavors

Blueberry Buckle Tea, an Autumn (calorie-free) Treat

Buckles have a long history in the United States. This delicious cake—filled with fruit and topped with streusel—was baked, and maybe even created, by the colonists. Its colorful name refers to the crinkling, or buckling, of the streusel topping as the cake bakes. While many fruits work well in buckles, blueberries are commonly used. For … Continue reading Blueberry Buckle Tea, an Autumn (calorie-free) Treat

Tea Leaves Blended with Coffee Beans. Really.

When this is placed before you, well, who needs anything else?But truly, a solid tea serves as a wonderful counterpoint to this dessert's sweet richness. And here at Cupán Tae—located in Ireland's captivating city of Galway—there are many fine choices. While I went with the sturdy, no-nonsense Irish Breakfast, my far more adventurous daughter opted for … Continue reading Tea Leaves Blended with Coffee Beans. Really.

Fruity Teas

I drive my family crazy by wanting to buy fruit only when it's actually in season. Mouthwatering tomatoes (yes, a fruit) can be had only when just off the vine—coupled with just plucked basil, mmmmm. I hated papaya until I had it fresh picked, sunshine warmed, with a complexity of flavor. And your fruit teas should … Continue reading Fruity Teas