Tea has been consumed for over 4,000 years for its association with good health, its calming effect and as a social custom amongst cultures around the world. Ask people how they like their tea and you’re bound to get a variety of responses: black tea with milk and sugar, the currently popular Japanese Matcha or loose leaf tea brewed with an infuser. Whatever your preference, the beverage offers numerous benefits, including helping keep inflammation at bay and increasing bone density.
Maximize your cup of tea by adding vitamin-rich plants to your daily cup. Country Living Magazine recommends using a combination of greens, herbs — we recommend North Shore Living Herbs — and edible flowers to create a balanced pot of tea that is both healthy and soothing. Our Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress and Live Gourmet Upland Cress are robust additions, not only for their peppery flavor but also for their superfood properties. Our cress products contain as much vitamin C as an orange, more calcium than milk, high levels of magnesium, lutein, phosphorous, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, B1, B6, K, and E.
Though you can easily purchase an assortment of herbal and caffeinated varieties at your local grocer, be a botanist for a day and make your own tea on a quiet afternoon. We’ve included our own recipe for you to try!
- Equal parts (about ½ cup of each) of: our organic watercress or upland cress,
- lavender & edible flowers
- 8 cups of water
- Boil 8 cups of water
- Wash your greens, flowers and herbs thoroughly
- Add your ingredients to a French press or tea infuser
- Pour the water over your tea ingredients and let steep for 10 minutes
- If using a French press, lower the plunger down slowly. If using an infuser, remove it from the pot or mug. Enjoy!
- For an extensive list of ingredient recommendations go to Country Living Magazine: http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a478/herbal-teas-0906/