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#TeaTuesday White Strawberry

June 20, 2017 , , , , ,

White Strawberry Tea

White Strawberry Tea

This week I want to tell you all about a tea to which I have become very attached. I have been brewing up iced white strawberry tea this summer to beat the band…and the heat. The combination of teas, flowers, fruits and vanilla creates a lovely flavor profile that is complex and delightful in summer. White tea from China is mixed with roiboos tea, apple pieces, blueberries, hibiscus, natural strawberry flavor, strawberries, blue cornflowers, rose petals, and natural vanilla flavor is amazing on the taste buds.  If you close your eyes and concentrate you can pick out some of the individual ingredients. The white tea itself has a natural mild melon taste.  It is the most subtle of teas, and the least processed.  It contains more antioxidants than black or green tea.  I adore the flavor of it.

We are suffering in the great southwest from a severe heat wave.  We have to drink copiously and frequently to avoid severe health problems.  It is the most serious heat streak we have experienced in decades.  One must continue to drink water along with the tea of choice to stay in balance.  The choice of tea is also important, since caffeine has the effect of dehydrating the system.  The white strawberry is an excellent choice since most of the ingredients contain no caffeine.  The resulting mix is a beverage very low in caffeine and high in antioxidants and minerals.  Roiboos tea is rich in minerals, and contains antiviral and anti inflammatory agents.  The berries also provide antioxidants as well as color and flavor.  This is a lovely tea to both smell and see before it is brewed.  The scent is heavenly, and the flecks of blue cornflower and red rose petals add beautiful accent colors.

I have not tried this tea as a cocktail base, but can imagine a strawberry daiquiri style drink made with it.  It would also be great with the addition of a whipped vodka shot, but then what isn’t?  I just drink it all day as my go to chiller.  I find myself brewing this favorite at least twice a week since the heat became so oppressive.  It lifts my spirits, even without any additional spirits.  I recommend it.  I toast your good health on this first day of summer, gentle reader.  Cheers!  Stay hydrated, my friends.

white strawberry

white strawberry

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