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Bigelow Tea Adds More Green To Spring Up Our Garmugia Recipe

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Bigelow Tea’s love for greens (which in this case includes not only tea but vegetables too!) is shared with this different take on Garmugia, a spring vegetable soup, featuring Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon as a zesty ingredient.

While Bigelow Tea, a family-run, third-generation company, has been in business for over 70 years, this traditional Italian dish has a longer history dating  back to the 16th or 17th century and is traced to the Tuscan city of Lucca where the soup was made with the vegetables harvested in the spring. Historically Garmugia included a medley of vegetables, bits of meat, and pieces of bread blended and slow cooked to perfection. Our version is very similar except the chef can find the ingredients in the grocery store and it can be ready to eat much faster, thankfully.  And we think our addition of Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon will make it even more enjoyable than the 17th century version!

Turn up the green this spring – give this recipe a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment here or by writing a review here. We hope it makes your next dinner gathering or comfort food at home simply delish!

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Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

40 Minutes, Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon Tea Bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh Italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper

Croutons:

  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; sauté until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.

Tea Study: Bigelow Tea Learns That Last Year’s Tea Market Review Shows Industry Growth

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For 70-plus years the Bigelow Tea family has kept their eye on all tea-related news and today is no different!  2015 was a wonderful year for the U.S. tea industry as seen below where we share the findings from a ‘State of the U.S. Tea Industry 2015 Market Review  by the U.S. Tea Association:

  • More people are drinking tea! This growth extends to all ages – from Millennials to Baby Boomers – who are filling up their tea cups.
  • Specialty teas are growing in popularity with an 8-10 percent rise in sales last year. And who’s especially savoring these flavors? Millennials! They seek teas with unique flavors as well as blends that ethnically or culturally reflect their family’s origin. Our new line steep by Bigelow in addition to 130 Bigelow tea flavors would definitely appeal to these tea drinkers.  Check out Instagrammer jlep76’s selections.
  • In the global market, the United States is now the third largest tea importer, behind Russia and Pakistan. Plus we’re the only Western country to grow in both importing and consuming our favorite drink!

Happy tea drinking!

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know Which Tea You’re Inspired To Try This Spring!

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Spring into spring this year by trying a new Bigelow Tea flavor! This season, go beyond your go-to and experience something new. Looking for a welcoming, yet mellow flavor with floral notes? Try Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea. Seeking a tea with an aroma that will transport you to the tropics? Look no further than Green Tea with Mango. A fan of fresh flavors with a hint of tartness? Savor a cup of Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea whenever you need a pick-me-up. Are you wishing for bright flavors that remind you of a summer day all year ‘round? Then Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Teais the perfect choice!

If these flavors are enticing your tastebuds, Bigelow Tea is curious to know which tea you’re most interested in sipping this season. Take the survey below and share your new tea ventures!

Image by Lucy Djevdet via Flickr

Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime: Traditional And Exceptional

bigelow tea english tea time mugBigelow Tea lovers are fortunate to have options galore, from fruity flavors to herbal blends … but sometimes an unadulterated cup of traditional black tea is hard to beat. And that’s when Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime really shines!

English Teatime is a full-bodied black tea with a rich, smooth taste. With no bitterness and plenty of pure tea flavor, it is delicious on its own or with honey, milk or a wedge of lemon (like the Brits take theirs!).bigelow tea english tea time black tea

The hand-picked tea leaves used in English Teatime are grown high up in the mountains of Sri Lanka where the very best leaves are cultivated! It’s pretty amazing to see where the tea comes from … and third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, visited Sri Lanka and made videos about the company’s long-standing relationship with the tea growers there.

Thanks to those ideal growing conditions, English Teatime’s has become a fan favorite. As @Esprix tweeted, “Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me… .” Moreover, its extremely smooth flavor makes it ideal to mix with other ingredients. Combine it with I Love Lemon for a refreshing iced tea or use it in a baking recipe to create some of the tastiest donuts you’ve ever nibbled!

So when you’re in the mood for tea—exceptional, smooth tea—English Teatime is your go-to blend.

New Steep By Bigelow Organic Teas Combine 70 Years Of Inspiration And Innovation

bigelow tea_SteepIn keeping with the revolutionary spirit of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is once again adding to its vast repertoire of 130+ varieties with the launch of a new line of craft teas named “steep by Bigelow.” This premium line of 13 USDA Certified organic teas creatively blends exotic ingredients in unexpected and uniquely pleasing ways. These teas are also non-GMO and gluten free!

“Our new line of hand-crafted teas was created to engage all the senses, from shelf to cup, beginning with the serenely visual appeal of the packaging to the wonderful aromas and tantalizing flavors that follow,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president & CEO.  “Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this is our ‘microbrew,’ rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments. I invite you to come with us on this journey to live a life steeped in experiences.”

The introduction of steep by Bigelow continues a cherished family tradition of innovation that began over 70 years ago when Ruth developed her iconic “Constant Comment“® blend and created specialty tea in America. Just as Ruth knew America was ready for a more flavorful tea, Bigelow Tea believes tea lovers will embrace the steep by Bigelow tea experience!

Inspired by the popularity of the craft beer movement, steep by Bigelow teas cater to individual palate preferences. Each of the 13 teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining such taste counterparts as sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion, smoky and nutty oolong with delicate floral jasmine and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes. Check out these choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

Look for these enticing new teas in stores near you, on the steep by Bigelow website (http://www.steepbybigelow.com) or Amazon.com. And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Lift is a Perfect Pick-Me-Up

bigelow tea lemonlift cupLike peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, tea and lemon are a classic pairing. So it’s really no surprise that Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift is such a fan favorite. In this distinctive blend of black tea, however, you don’t just taste lemon notes—your taste buds have the opportunity to flirt with the spices that the Bigelow family has added to round out the cup for a product unlike any other. Now that’s quality flavor!

As if you need more proof, Pat Benatar—ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female rock vocalist of all time, winner of four consecutive Grammy Awards, and creative genius bigelow tea lemon lift boxbehind timeless hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”—is a fan of Lemon Lift, too! Pat has been known to request the tart and refreshing blend before performances.

Take this stellar advice from Bigelow Tea: When life gives you lemons, slice them up and add them to a cuppa tea. It can make your day any time, which is why Lemon Lift is the perfect afternoon treat for @angelic_abbie. Pucker up and enjoy!

 

Bigelow’s Perfect Tea And Recipe Pairings

bigelow tea lemon tea pairingsBigelow Tea loves exploring unique combinations of foods and Bigelow Tea blends. Pairing the right Bigelow Tea variety with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more delectable!

Some suggestions? If Bigelow Earl Grey is your daily go-to blend, try pairing with red meat dishes that highlight the bright fragrant citrus notes of the tea. And as we blogged previously, tart herbal teas pair excellently with grilled proteins and berry desserts. There are many different pairing suggestions out there, but no rules! Melanie Kissel says on Facebook that grilled tofu and I Love Lemon make the perfect pair!

Still looking for more tea pairings? This chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor exploration. Follow your taste buds and creativity to the next delicious duo!

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Start off Spring Right with Bigelow Tea and a Clean ‘Green’ Sweep

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Every spring ushers in a fresh start which inspires us to clean up both inside and out! At Bigelow Tea, it’s also about being ‘green’! As part of the company’s 70+ year legacy, the Bigelow family uses eco-friendly measures to keep the facilities clean — and encourages fellow tea drinkers to do the same at their homes! Here are some tips:

o   Use green cleaning products instead of ones that traditionally include harsh chemicals. Or make your own with ingredients like vinegar, castile soap, and baking soda to tackle just about any surface.

o   Instead of spraying chemical air fresheners or room deodorizers, create your own scent featuring lemon or cinnamon.

o   Use houseplants to help clear the air which also add a little nature indoors.

Speaking of plants, the Bigelow family has also been busy tending to the new Camellia Sinensis plant growth at the Bigelow owned Charleston Tea Plantation. For your garden, consider these suggestions:

o   Clear out drainage areas so that spring showers will have adequate runoff. Additional touch up can involve early weeding, removing dead foliage off of ornamental plants, and raking the lawn. Plus, these removals can become compost (which Bigelow happily promotes doing!).

o   Along with having native plants, consider companion planting where certain plant pairings support each other’s growth and vitality.

o   Avoid using pesticides and fertilizers that can do more harm that good in your garden. Look for organic fertilizers and natural treatments, plus consider methods that attract “good” bugs and pollinators like hummingbirds.bigelow tea earl grey green tea

And finally, why not add more green to your spring cleaning routine with a new or different type of Bigelow Green Tea? Instagrammer @blackbettybgb loves our Jasmine Green Tea, but varieties like Green Tea with Mango and Earl Grey Green are also wonderful!

Let Bigelow know how you’re greening up your spring cleaning and what tea you are sipping along the way.

Top image by Counse Broders via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Celebrates All Things Green On St. Patrick’s Day

bigelow tea decaf green teaThis St. Patrick’s Day, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things green and it starts with tea! Kick off the top o’ the morning by brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea Green Tea – from Classic Green Tea to Green Tea with Peach, Bigelow Tea has a variety of flavors for you to choose from. And brewing great green tea doesn’t require the luck of the Irish — be sure to bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring it over the tea bag for a perfect cuppa!

So, what makes green tea so green (aside from getting into the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day)? Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, the source of all tea leaves. In the case of green tea, though, the leaves are immediately steamed or pan fried to avoid any oxidization. The result is a more delicate tea with lower caffeine content and higher polyphenols that make them popular with the health-conscious.

Why limit yourself to only drinking a great cup of green tea today? You can also prepare a delicious meal enhanced by the flavor of Bigelow Green Tea. For instance, check out the recipe below for Green Tea Ramen Soup; a bit of pasta and a bag of green tea will make your very own pot of gold. Or finish off your meal with Green Tea Cupcakes. Might we recommend decorating with a shamrock or two? However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect time to make a tip of the hat to the subtle and surprising green tea!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

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Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

*A package of fresh, vacuumed sealed soba stir-fry noodles  (usually found in the Asian food aisle) works great, but refrigerated fresh noodles work, as well.

Bigelow Tea Combines Beloved Family Recipe With Green Tea For A Special Tea Blend

bigelow tea constant comment mugbigelow tea constant comment green teaBigelow Tea wouldn’t be America’s favorite specialty tea company if Ruth Campbell Bigelow hadn’t created “Constant Comment” in her kitchen back in 1945. To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe known only by the Bigelow family. Its popularity inspired the Bigelows to add “Constant Comment Green” into the green tea line combining the delicate brew of green tea with our original flavor.

The combination was a natural fit.

Green Tea is another best-selling tea at Bigelow and which has a smooth, delicate flavor profile partnered with what researchers say are countless health benefits. Now add sweet spices and orange rind and you have an instant classic with “Constant Comment Green”! Facebook fan Katey Maus says it’s her favorite!

Next time you’re placing an order at Bigelowtea.com, go ahead and add “Constant Comment Green” to your cart. Your taste buds will thank you!