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Spring Into Easter Celebrations With Bigelow Tea!

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The Easter season is in full bloom with family gatherings, special foods and the joys of spring. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are so ready for sunny days and tulips in the garden–enjoyed while sipping tea, of course! With that in mind, we’re delighted to share a few of our favorite spring-inspired recipes (below) to grace your Easter buffet or party table, as well as a lovely gift basket that any tea lover would appreciate. With 40 individually wrapped tea bags in five flavors, sugar cookies and a brightly decorated mug, our Floribunda Basket pictured below makes an ideal hostess gift! Enjoy!

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Orange & Spice Pureed Carrot

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Ingredients:

2 pounds (1kg) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
12  Bigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags*
½ cup (125mL) milk
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted
Ground pepper and salt to taste
5 shallots, peeled
1 ½ cups (375mL) vegetable oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) butter

Yield: Serves 6

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Constant Comment Tea 

Instructions:

Prepare the carrots. Add 8 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags to 4 cups (1L) of boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover carrots with tea and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, infuse milk by heating with 4  Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Drain carrots and puree in a food processor and add melted butter and infused milk. The carrots should be very smooth. Place in a casserole and garnish if desired with crispy shallots.

To make the garnish—slice shallots into very thin rings. In a saucepan heat oil with butter over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, add shallots and cook until they are a rich golden brown; about 30-40 minutes. Stir shallots occasionally while they are cooking to make sure they brown evenly. Remove shallots from oil, drain. Once the shallots have dried and are crisped, they can be stored for several days. Serve shallots on top of carrots

Minty Peas

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (90mL) whipping cream
Bigelow® Mint Medley® Herb Tea Bags
1 pound bag (1kg) frozen peas
3 tablespoons (45mL) unsalted butter
Fresh mint for garnish

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Heat whipping cream, add tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes; remove bags, squeezing out excess.

Cook peas in microwave for approximately 8-9 minutes or until heated thoroughly, do not overcook as the peas will lose their shape.

Melt butter, combine with tea-infused cream, season with salt and pepper. Toss peas with cream mixture and serve hot. Garnish with mint if desired.

Photo by lukens via Flickr.com

Keep The Bigelow Tea Coming: It’s Still Cold & Flu Season

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The Cold and flu season is a simple reality that we have to deal with every year! But this past winter seems to have been more severe, starting early and hanging on in many areas of the country.  So Bigelow Tea wants to remind us that the flu is still out there! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that while influenza activity is declining overall, it remains high in some parts of the country and may continue for some time. So what should we be doing to stay one step ahead of the flu?

If you’re feeling a little under the weather, well, Mom was right: get plenty of rest and stay hydrated! Don’t forget that our bodies are made up primarily of water. When our immune systems are fighting bacterial or viral infections, our metabolism increases; kind of like a car with its engine racing. We need to keep adding water (our “gas”) to keep it going.

Can you think of a better reason to sit on a comfy couch and relax with a great cup of Bigelow Tea? Perhaps with our classic Green Tea with Lemon or maybe our Lemon Ginger Herb Plus tea … or any of our amazing Green Teas would do!

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Along with hydration, keep in mind that managing stress levels is also important. It’s reported that chronic stress can have a detrimental effect on the body, even suppressing that ever-important immune system. One idea from Real Simple magazine to help stay healthy:  take a brisk walk. Then, when you return, sit down to a nice cup of tea! With the flu still looming, we know it’s the tastiest way to weather the flu season!

Image by stevendepolo via Flickr.com

For Passover, Bigelow Tea Offers Kosher Teas

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Being a family-owned company, we at Bigelow Tea have great respect for traditions that bring multiple generations together. As Passover begins on March 25, we are fond of the holiday’s custom of gathering loved ones around the dinner table to share in the Passover Seder.

For our friends who keep Kosher, we wanted to let you know that many Bigelow Teas can be served at your family meal. Some of our most popular flavors have been certified as Kosher for Passover. They include our first tea, “Constant Comment”®, Cinnamon Stick, English Teatime, Earl Grey, Plantation Mint and many more! You can even try our recipe for Plantation Mint Punch with Lime, below, which makes for a unique and refreshing beverage.

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Finally, if you’re attending a Seder or other Passover event, you can be the most popular guest by bringing our Tea-licious Basket! All 104 tea bags in this round and reusable basket are certified Kosher for Passover. Varieties include black, green, herbal and decaffeinated teas.

Happy Passover from our Bigelow Tea family to yours!

Plantation Mint Punch with Lime

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Ingredients:

4 cups water
6 Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea Bags
6 tablespoons honey
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup Rose’s Lime Juice
3 cups club soda, chilled

Yield: Serves 6

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Instructions:

Place 4 cups boiling water over tea bags in heat-stable container. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add honey and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Pour the tea base into a 3-1/2 quart pitcher. Add fresh lime juice and Rose’s lime juice. Stir. Just before serving, add chilled club soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Top image by Edsel Little via Flickr.com

Pick Your Caffeine Level With Tasty Bigelow Teas!

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March is National Caffeine Awareness Month—a good time to take stock of your daily caffeine intake. Bigelow Tea wants to remind you that caffeine is found in many beverages and some foods, such as chocolate and energy drinks, not just coffee and tea. For some people it makes sense to do the math and consider cutting back on certain sources of caffeine, particularly if you’re bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety. The good news for tea lovers? As our handy “Caff-O-Meter” shows, there’s a tea for every level of caffeine tolerance!

Keep in mind, for instance, that Black Tea generally has 30 to 60 mg of caffeine, or about half the amount in coffee. And while brewing times affect caffeine levels, Green Tea has slightly less caffeine than black tea. Decaffeinated Teas still contain small amounts of caffeine, but Herbal Teas are completely caffeine free.

To put these amounts in perspective, the Mayo Clinic reports that adults who consume more than 500 mg of caffeine per day may be getting into jittery territory. Still, even a little caffeine can make some people feel uncomfortable or may interfere with their sleep if consumed later in the day.

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Luckily, Bigelow Tea offers an extensive collection of decaffeinated and herbal teas to enjoy anytime! You might be surprised to learn how many of your favorite green and black teas come in “decaf” versions, including “Constant Comment”®, Earl GreyLemon Lift and Green Tea with Pomegranate. And if you’re going for zero caffeine, there’s nothing like one of our many flavorful herb teas. Try Chamomile Mango or Sweet Dreams to unwind at the end of a busy day. Both will surely rate highly on your “taste-o-meter”!

 

Bigelow Tea Is Blooming Over Spring Flowers

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At Bigelow Tea, we’re ready for the first day of spring! After being dormant during winter’s dreary days, bulbs and flowering trees will emerge in full bloom. Hyacinths, crocus, tulips, and daffodils will show their true colors. And a new round of planting begins, with seeds set in the soil for fall arrival.

Like our fellow tea drinkers, Bigelow Tea loves flowers. In fact, flowers can actually be found in some of our teas. Chamomile, which look like the daisy, is the centerpiece of a trio set of Bigelow Teas featuring Cozy ChamomileChamomile Mango, and Chamomile Mint herbal teas. Hibiscus, a tropical flower, is paired with cranberry in our Cranberry Hibiscus Herb Tea. Both plants blend in our Sweet Dreams Herb Tea.

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Besides our teas, we show our appreciation for nature through our Sustainabili-Tea efforts. We’ve significantly reduced our landfill waste at our facilities in Kentucky and Idaho and at our Connecticut headquarters. Land preservation is also our “priori-tea.” A decade ago, we purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation to save it from future real estate development. We’re also committed to upholding our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s act of preserving 220 acres of open space in New Hampshire.

As you tend to your garden, we hope spring flowers—and our teas!—reinvigorate your spirit.

Top image by Curtis Fry via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Is Seeing Green On St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated March 17 (on Sunday this year), causing merriment to surround all things Irish! St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things green, just like the month of March, which Bigelow Tea celebrates as a grand green month!

Ireland has observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years, but here in the New World celebrating St. Pat has been more recent–the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has only been around for around 250 years! St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures, and most of us have heard the traditional story of him banishing all the snakes from Ireland. But St. Patrick’s Day has evolved, here in the U.S., into a day of wearing green and sharing the camaraderie of friend … Irish or not!

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Yes, green is our thing this month and Bigelow Tea is proud to feature our wide selection of outstanding Green Teas for your pleasure. Like our Green Tea with Mint—a blendin’ of the green that is just the ticket for the wearin’ of the green! It’s part of all the green that March brings us, like the blooming of spring flowers, watching golfers getting back on the greens, and even the punk-rock group Green Day revving up a new March tour!

Bigelow tea knows how to ramp up the power of green too. May we suggest the ubiquitous Greenie Mar-TEA-ni for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Shake things up with this TEA-lightful Bigelow Tea signature beverage, featuring our Green Tea with Pomegranate. Let us help you celebrate the drinkin’ of the green with Bigelow Tea on this St. Patrick’s Day!

Greenie Mar-TEA-ni – Sweetened with Agave

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags (or any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir until it dissolves.

To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Image by kkmarais via Flickr.com

Green It Up This March With Bigelow Tea

It’s March … the birds are singing, the grass is growing and the flowers are thinking about blooming! Bigelow Tea loves all the green that March brings! Not only does it make us think about all the fantastic Green Tea varieties we make, but it also reminds us of “being green” and conserving resources. Bigelow Tea is all aboutSustainabili-TEA!

So let’s welcome the Spring Season with these two Bigelow Tea videos about our environmental efforts!  In the first video, Bigelow Tea Trash Talk, watch “Mother Nature” as she checks out some of the processes and procedures used to lower our company’s impact on the environment at our production facilities and offices.

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And in this SustainabiliTea video, hear what it means to our employees to participate in our Sustainabili-TEA efforts. From composting to saving electricity to shipping, our incredible team are green through and through!

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Enjoy these videos with your cup of Green Tea, and “green” it up this March with Bigelow Tea!
 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Women’s History And Our Matriarch Ruth C. Bigelow

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This month is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to history, culture and society. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination” … and Bigelow Tea has a wonderful and inspirational story for you! Turn on the kettle, and read on to be inspired by our founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow!

National Women’s History Month has only been observed since 1987, but our inspirational women’s tale starts back in 1945 in Ruth’s kitchen, when she started a food company just after the Depression. She happened to love tea, but not the lackluster varieties found at the store, so she set out to create her own zestful tea flavor based on a special tea recipe from the Colonial times.

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She experimented with spices and orange peel, tweaked it this way and that, and voila, “Constant Comment”®, the new talk of the town was born. Talk about innovation—especially for a woman during that time period! Ruth just knew that other people would enjoy her distinctive tea, but did she think that it would become the most popular specialty tea flavor in America? Well, perhaps … especially considering her forethought in naming it for the constant comments it was receiving! Ruth’s daughter-in-law, Eunice, and the Bigelow family moved forward and created and expanded the flavors and varieties of teas they produced. The company is now run by Ruth’s passionate and dedicated granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, another inspirational woman!

So, during National Women’s History Month, as we drink our “Constant Comment” tea, we can think back and thank Ruth Campbell Bigelow for her imagination and her creativity. A truly inspiring and innovative woman, indeed.

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Save Your Vision Month

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It’s Save Your Vision Month, and Bigelow Tea wants to make sure you’re taking care of those twinkling eyes of yours! We hope you’ll be sure to wear protective eyewear in sports and on the job (if necessary), take breaks from your time on the computer, keep sunglasses handy—even in winter!—and drink lots of Bigelow Tea!

Back in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan designated the first week in March to be “Save Your Vision Week,” he stated the following: “Of all God’s gifts, the ability to see is one of the most precious. …  It enables man to enjoy the magnificence of a sunset and the promise of a rainbow.” During this week people are encouraged to get their vision checked and to consider the importance of keeping their eyes safe.

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The human eye is a complicated and amazing organ. It takes light and helps our brain turn it into an image. We think David Thoreau was right on target when he called them the “jewels of the body.” Some research has even shown that Green Tea can help keep your eyes healthy!

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So, this year, during the month of March, remember your eyes. Keep them safe, and maybe use them to select and make a delicious cup of Bigelow Tea. With our “rainbow” of flavors and varieties, we think your eyes will enjoy picking out your favorite blend. And, when you watch the leaves steeping and the steam rising from your mug, you’ll also have your eyes to thank!

Image by Scinern via Flickr.com

Which Celebrity Would You Like To Share Bigelow Tea With?

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Have you ever played that game at a party asking “who would be the famous person, dead or alive, that you’d most like to meet?” Being tea-lovers, we at Bigelow Tea know that a first encounter is one thing, but relaxing over a newly poured cup of our favorite tea (whichever that may be), with the steam gently rising, the aromas wafting up … well, that’s something all-together different. It brings people to a whole new level of relaxation. Plus, when you are sharing a cup, it just seems easier to get to know each other. It’s one of our favorite things about tea!

Well then, let’s play our own party game. Say you are sitting in a comfy chair with a cute little table in front of you, another cozy chair just across. Tell us: which famous tea enthusiast (past or present) would you most want to share your afternoon tea?