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Go Wild With Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai Herbal Tea

Sweet and tart, sweetheart. That’s how best to describe a cup of Bigelow Tea’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Yup, acai. But how the heck do you even pronounce it? Easy. AH-sigh-EE. “Ahhh…..” (like the sound you let out when you’ve had a really long day and just got a minute to sit down and watch Netflix); “sigh,” (like what you do when you realize you ran out of tea); and “Eeeee” (like the “Wheeee – without the “W” part – you make when you’re on a roller coaster). See? Simple.

But what exactly is acai? And why does it pair so well with blueberry? And why will you absolutely love it if you don’t already? Funny you should ask…

Deep in the Amazon

Açaí is a delicious black-purple berry that resembles a large grape and grows on tall, slender palm trees in the Amazon, where it has been consumed in the form of a pulp (purée) for centuries. So, yeah, it goes pretty far back.

Here and there and everywhere

Acai has become pretty trendy these days. Look anywhere online or in popular juice bars or cafes, and you’ll see gorgeous acai bowls or smoothies. However, in different parts of the world – take Brazil for example – acai is also used as a sauce for fish dishes. Looking for a more savory recipe? Try this Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette. It’s great on a bed of greens or grilled chicken.

Oh, hi, blueberry and acas.

Acai is one of the ingredients in Bigelow’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Along for the ride – err, in the bag – are real blueberry pieces, rose hips, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, apple, cinnamon and orange peel. Talk about a fruit bouquet. Mmm… Yes, please! Try a cup (hot or iced, both are nice!) and see just why it’s a fan favorite.

Have you tried Wild Blueberry with Acai yet? Love it? Tag #TeaProudly and share what you thought!

This Is Why Honey And Bigelow Tea Are Worth Buzzing About

It’s sweet, it’s natural, and it’s one honey of an ingredient – especially in your mug of Bigelow Tea. There’s a lot to be said about honey, from its origins to its uses. Yeah, it’s easy to go on and on about it, but let’s be sweet and just share a handful so you can get back to your day. Here are a few reasons being a honey fanatic is a great way to bee:

Bee classic. Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. Wow!

Bee unique. A lot of work goes into each jar of honey. To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. And, on average, On average, a honey bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life. To put that into perspective, two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.

Bee healthy. A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey – particularly in its raw form – offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and can offer a quick energy boost.

Bee sustainable. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. In the past few years, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where Bigelow Tea’s headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So, we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf and even planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Bee sweet. Honey adds a little sweetness to the day (and cup!), so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. It could be easy to take for granted, but we’d sure miss it if it ever ran out!  Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night.

Bottom line: If a bee is buzzing by you, don’t panic. Just relax (maybe with a nice cup of tea) and assume that it’ll likely go about its business. And lucky for Bigelow – and all of us – those bees are in the business of making honey!

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons (According to Bigelow Tea!)

 

Pucker up, buttercup! The tart, tangy, citrusy and sour taste of lemon isn’t going anywhere – at least not in your favorite Bigelow Tea! In fact, there’s even real lemon peel in a lot of different flavors because you deserve the best (and the zest!).

Throughout history, lemons have been used for many purposes – as a toothpaste, invisible ink and even a bleaching agent. Though the lemon’s origins are said to have come from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, the fruit is now cultivated in tropical and temperate climates around the world, with California leading production in the United States.

And you know what? That’s EXACTLY where the lemon in your Bigelow Tea flavors come from. As a third-generation, family-owned company, the Bigelow family takes pride in developing and maintaining relationships with suppliers who embody similar practices and values. Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years. As an essential ingredient in many of Bigelow Tea’s flavors, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards ­– they’re not messing around, and neither are we. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

The next time you sip your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor, check the ingredients to see if lemon peel is part of your blend and rest assured you have a combined 140 years of experience in your cup! So brew, sip, enjoy! When it comes to lemony goodness, Bigelow Tea is an expert, so your tea is in good hands – long before that mug is in your hands.

From Ruth Bigelow’s Kitchen To Yours: 6 Facts About “Constant Comment” Tea

The awesome story of Bigelow Tea begins with “Constant Comment”®, the iconic blend of orange and sweet spice created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945. But how much do you know about the very beginning? If not a lot, that’s about to change right now!

  1. A Fresh Start
    Picture this: in the early 1940s, Ruth and her husband, David Sr., decided to start a tea business. But, that’s not where they began. Initially, Ruth had owned an interior design company called Ruth Campbell Design, and was very successful. But when the Great Depression hit, both Ruth and David Sr. lost their jobs. It was then that she decided to make tea.
  2. Manhattan Roots
    When they started to talk more seriously about tea, the Bigelows lived in a small apartment in Manhattan. They felt strongly that, for the company to be a success, they needed a home where they could begin. Searching the local streets, they found a brownstone, just off Second Avenue, which was in terrible disrepair. Optimistic, they bought it with the last of their life savings, and plastered and repainted it themselves—talk about fixer uppers! It was in this home, in 1945, that Ruth and David Sr. opened the doors to the new Bigelow Tea Company. Little could they have imagined that their dream would one day grow to be America’s #1 Specialty Tea company!
  3. Orange and Spice, and All Things Nice
    Inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth spent several weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Finally, she created her own special blend and shared it with friends. Anyone who tasted it couldn’t stop commenting—the name “Constant Comment”® was a natural choice for the tea.
  4. That One Shop
    Ruth knew she was on to something with her blend and took “Constant Comment” to every store she could. One shopkeeper told Ruth that he had been opening the container for customers to take a whiff of the incredible aroma, and it was flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew.
  5. All in the Family
    Jump ahead more than 70 years to today, where Ruth’s granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, serves as the third-generation president and CEO. If you’re a fan of “Constant Comment” tea, Bigelow Tea or tea overall, you’ll love hearing Cindi Bigelow herself tell this story of this original creation while sharing more about her personal (and professional) love of tea! In a month that celebrates mothers around the world, it’s heartwarming to know that this love for tea runs strong through three generations – from the mother of “Constant Comment” all the way to Cindi today.
  6. Shhh… It’s a Secret
    To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe that only Cindi’s parents, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairmen Eunice and David Bigelow, know and blend. It has stood the test of time and continues to fill cups, kitchens and hearts.

Every Bigelow Tea flavor is blended to be remarkable, but it’s the very first that got so much talk it still carries the famous name. What was the first “comment” you had when you tried “Constant Comment” for the very first time? Tag #TeaProudly with your memory!

This Is What You’ll Find In The Bag: An Inside Look At Bigelow Tea Ingredients

 

To Bigelow Tea, each and every ingredient tells a story. Call it commitment to quality or just call it delicious! Since 1945, Bigelow has sourced handpicked leaves from high-elevation gardens where the best tea plants are grown so all tea drinkers can enjoy the best possible cup of tea every time. And, as a third-generation family business, Bigelow selects ingredients only from suppliers who share the same passion for quality. Many of these trusted partners have worked with Bigelow Tea since the company’s founding, over 70 years ago, and are now, well, like family! To us, it’s the heart and soul of all we do—it’s what we like to call being #TeaProudly.

Lush Lemons

Take lemon for example. Did you know Bigelow Tea has partnered with the same family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years? Lemon peel is an essential ingredient in many Bigelow Tea flavors, and the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness is critical to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California (a chill place for a chill beverage), the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

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Another great example is our supplier of 100% American-grown spearmint which gets masterfully blended into several Bigelow mint teas. What makes this mint so special…mint is mint right? Well, this mint is grown exclusively in the northwest corner of the United States by a family company of multi-generational growers. We’ve been a loyal customer to the family since the early 1960s, when Bigelow Tea set out to develop a tea with the refreshing taste of spearmint. Today, a father-and-son team meticulously harvests acres of spearmint two times each year, with care and craftsmanship that cannot be beat, tracking all their mint from crop to cup for quality and accountability. Pretty, awesome, right?

Calabria… It Must Be Italian!

That brings us to one of Bigelow Tea’s most beloved varieties—the oh-so-irresistible Earl Grey! What makes Bigelow’s Earl Grey so special is the real oil of bergamot sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor and the bergamot oil. We can totally get behind that.

From the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where those high-elevation gardens flourish—to ingredients sourced from farms and companies proven through generations, Bigelow Tea has never and will nevercompromise on ingredients—or on the family recipes. You can count on that.

What’s your favorite Bigelow flavor or ingredient? Tag #TeaProudly and let us know!

Bigelow Tea Owned Charleston Tea Plantation, A Tea Journey Past and Present

Bigelow Tea has been an American classic since 1945 and while we all know and love the company’s tasty tea, Bigelow has another gem to celebrate, the Bigelow owned Charleston Tea Plantation which is America’s largest working tea garden located on the historic Wadmalaw Island. This South Carolina destination has ideal climate for growing the Camellia Sinesis (tea!) plant. Bigelow purchased the plantation in 2003 and has created a literal tea oasis; besides producing American Classic Tea, the plantation is also a beautiful setting for weddingseducational tours, and even a variety of music festivals.

NPR shared what life is like on the Charleston Tea Plantation in an interview with America’s only fulltime tea taster, William Barclay Hall. Hall gives fascinating insight into growing tea the old-fashioned way:

  • The Charleston Tea Plantation grows cuttings in a nursery for four years instead of planting seeds. These bushes are, unbelievably, descendants of the same plants that were first brought to region in the 1700s.
  • Talk about a taste for tea — Hall is a third generation tea taster (his father and grandfather held the roles before him) who was trained in London. During his training, he tasted as many as 800 teas a day, five days a week!
  • Tea is one of the only commodities in the world bought and sold based on taste, according to Hall. Because tea is harvested on average every 15 days, the taste is always changing based on everything from the temperature, to the amount of rain, to the time of year.
  • Pests stay away from tea! The caffeine and tannins in tea repel insects, so the Charleston Tea plantation doesn’t need to use any pesticide, herbicides or fungicides.
  • Tea leaves are placed on “withering box” screens for 18 hours, and then macerated in a grinder. Hall then steeps, tastes and blends every single batch until he thinks it tastes absolutely right.

Now you know: a little piece of tea history continues on in the modern world, all thanks to Bigelow!

Life Is Easy Breezy With A Cup Of Bigelow Benefits Tea In Hand!

Wow. Have you ever had one of those days where it’s high-speed-not-stopping-anytime-soon? Sooo exhausting! Well, instead of getting to the point where you’re about to tear your hair out from the stress, stop. Take a breath. And reach for a cup of Bigelow Benefits tea. Why? Well, first, they’re awesome. Second, they’re totally delicious. Third, it’s Stress Awareness Month—treat yo’self to some relaxation. Finally (as if you needed another reason, right?!), each tea is masterfully blended with the goodness (dare we say, benefits?) of wellness ingredients, which tackle those moments in life that require a breather.

With a focus on always delivering a beautiful cup of tea, these inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients are so imaginative and flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them morning, noon and night — and all the moments in between. Whether you’re searching for a bit of balance, having a good day, not feeling well, or feeling like you could really use a day at the spa (but don’t have the time to hit pause on your insane life), make a mini-escape with one of these teas.

Radiant Beauty (Blueberry & Aloe Herbal Tea) 

Containing aloe (known for its incredible hydration and skin soothing abilities) and blueberry (yummy and high in antioxidants!), this flavor is designed to make you feel like you’re glowing—inside and out! So, why aloe? Isn’t that something you lather onto a sunburn? Well, yes, but it also has quite the medicinal past. For thousands of years, aloe has been used for a variety of conditions, such as burns and skin irritations. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was actually one of the most frequently prescribed medicines due to its active compounds that may reduce inflammation, and stimulate skin growth and repair. Cool, huh?!

Stay Well (Lemon & Echinacea) 

We’re still in that yucky tail-end of cold and flu season. Don’t let it get you down! Support your health with a tasty combination of Echinacea and lemon.

Balance (Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea)

Spring is right around the corner and what better time to re-calibrate than a new season? Get back to balance with the sweetness of cinnamon, known for having a positive effect on blood sugar.

Calm Stomach (Ginger & Peach)

Settle an upset tummy or just give digestion a kick with this ginger and peach-infused flavor.

Sleep (Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea) 

Chamomile and lavender are known for lulling you into snooze-land safely. Amp up your zzz’s with this relaxing blend… You’ll be chilling with those sheep in no time.

Refresh (Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea) 

Give your mind and body a pick-me-up with spicy-sweet turmeric, green tea, and a bit of pepper to pep things up. Unfamiliar with turmeric? No problem. Known as the “golden spice,” turmeric dates back nearly 4,000 years in India and has been used for its medicinal properties. Wanna hear some history? The Hindu religion recognizes the herb as sacred, and there is a wedding day tradition in which a string is tied around the bride’s neck by her groom. Known as a mangala sutra, the necklace is dyed yellow with turmeric paste. In some communities, the groom ties the first knot while his sister ties the rest of the knots. The ritual indicates that the woman is married and is often compared to the Western exchange of wedding rings.

Good Mood (Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea) 

If you weren’t in a good mood before sipping on this flavor, you will once you finish a mug. A complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry, Good Mood does just what its name promises. Besides. It’s chocolate. Who can say no to chocolate??

Whatever your life, mind or body is crying out for, Bigelow Benefits Tea is here for you. Tag #TeaProudly and share your favorite Benefits flavor!

This is What World Water Day Means To Tea

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Water, water everywhere- and Bigelow Tea gets just how important it is to have more than a drop to drink!

World Water Day takes place today, March 22nd, which gives us a chance to give some love to water-related concerns around the globe. The day was introduced in 1992 when the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommended an international observance for water. Since then, people have used this day as a perfect opportunity to learn and share more about water and its local and global importance.

So what does this day have to do with tea? Water is, of course, of the utmost importance to making a terrific cup of the good stuff! Depending on what tea you’re drinking, each variety has its own rules for water. Here are some tea tips to always keep top of mind!

  • Fresh, cold water is a must-have for tea perfection. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf for full flavor extraction, so you should make sure that you let tap water run for around 30 seconds before filling the tea kettle! And if using bottled water, be sure to shake the bottle to oxygenate the water first.
  • What to do with black, oolong, herb and rooibos teas: You’ll always want to bring water to a rolling boil, then immediately pour it over the tea bag.
  • The rules for green and white teas: Bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form, then pour it over the tea bag pronto.

Cindi Bigelow also spills the beans (or should we say tea leaves?) on how water plays a role in brewing the perfect cup of tea in the below fascinating video. Did you know how much more delicious tea can be when the water is just right? Then watch and be amazed!

So, how do you like to brew your tea? Share your secrets for making your cup just right, and tag #teaproudly!

Image by Evan Wood via Flickr

When Life Gives You Bigelow Tea I Love Lemon, Smile!

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Pucker up! Lemons are tart, tangy, citrusy and sour, and they add an abundance of flavor to life. It’s no wonder that Bigelow Tea has real lemon peel in a number of flavors. One in particular is even named for how much people enjoy the fruit—I Love Lemon (because who doesn’t?).

Throughout history, lemons have been used for many purposes—as a remedy for epilepsy, a toothpaste, invisible ink and even a bleaching agent. Though the lemon’s origins are said to have come from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, the fruit is now cultivated in tropical and temperate climates around the world, with California leading production in the United States.

It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but they are also a good source of iron, fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, and copper, as well as bigelow tea lemon rindfolate and potassium. Research has suggested that lemons may help with DNA cell protection, immune system regulation and inflammation relief.

bigelow tea I love LemonAs a third generation family-owned company, Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years. As an essential ingredient in 23 of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

And those lemons make the perfect ingredient for the delicious I Love Lemon herbal tea. Made with lemongrass, lemon peel and lemon verbena, this flavor is the go-to for lemon lovers. Kimberly from Walden loves drinking it hot with honey, and enjoys it as part of her morning ritual. It’s one more way the sour lemon can make your day a little sweeter!

Another Reason To Be #TeaProudly…Learning The ABC’s Of Tea Leaves With Bigelow Tea

We all know that drinking tea soothes souls and invites conversations but hey, what exactly is in that mug and how does tea become the most perfect beverage in the world? Take a break, sit back and check out this awesome video where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow (of Bigelow Tea of course) gives us the scoop on tea leaves and more. Here is a brief rundown that sums it all up:

  • The three types of tea all come from the leaf bud and leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant. You’ve got your green,  your black and your Oolong. And It’s all about the air…exposure for different amounts of time is what gives you the various tea types.
  • The black tea Bigelow uses originates from either Sri Lanka or India where the tea leaves and buds come from the highest mountains and gardens for an extra beautiful tea!
  • Green tea is unfermented, which means it’s not exposed to air. It’s steamed or pan fried and then chopped up, leaving a vibrant green color and one-of-a-kind taste.
  • Black tea is chopped up so that all the juice in the leaves and leaf bud’s vein is exposed to air; it ferments for about 6-8 hours, and then the coppery black colored tea is dried and chopped again.
  • Oolong tea is semi-fermented. The leaves and bud are chopped and exposed to air for around 3 hours, then dried or chopped.
  • These types of teas all have different caffeine contents, because as they are exposed to air, the caffeine comes out. But where do the various types stack up, caffeine-wise? Here’s a cheat sheet:

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  • Drink your veggies in a tea cup? We’ll take it! Tea is like drinking the brew of a vegetable, as Cindi says. Tea is high in antioxidants and a good choice for a healthier lifestyle, according to the tons of studies done on the drink!

As you can see, there’s always more to discover about the amazingness of tea which is all part of living the #TeaProudly lifestyle. Tell us here, via social (using #TeaProudly) or join us on www.teaproudly.com, and let us know what you find most interesting about this beautiful beverage?