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This Month We’re Enjoying Lemon And Mango At Bigelow Tea

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You know we love flavor here at Bigelow Tea, and this month we’re excited to feature two of our favorite fruits: lemon and mango! Yes, it’s Lemon & Mango Month, and we think that’s simply sweet!

Lemon is the perfect complement to any tea, and many people squeeze a little into their cup every day (or place a pretty slice on the edge of their iced tea glass). Because tea and lemon make such a perfect combination, we’ve developed a wonderful assortment of lemony-flavored teas! From our black tea Lemon Lift to our Green Tea with Lemon and our herbal I Love Lemon blend, there’s something for every tea and lemon lover!

And when it comes to Mango … we’re also huge fans! The tropical flavor pairs brilliantly with chamomile in our Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea and shines brightly in our Green Tea with Mango. We’ve also put it into our Bigelow Tea Coconut Water with Mango Green Tea mix! So many ways to enjoy the fabulous flavor of mango!

Both flavors are amazing in tea, and can even be used in cooking your favorite dish. As you know, we’ve created many tea-infused recipes at Bigelow Tea, and we thought we’d share one that features Green Tea and mango today. Enjoy Lemon & Mango Month!

Green Tea and Mango Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

2 quarts (2 litres) water
16 Bigelow® Green Tea Bags
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
12 ounces (336g) Fusilli pasta
1 avocado , peeled, seeded and cubed
½ cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup (250mL) red pepper, diced
2 large mangos, cut into cubes
Black sesame seeds for garnish, optional

Dressing:

1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
2 tablespoons (30mL) fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon (5mL) grainy mustard
Salt and pepper taste

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: N/A

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Instructions:

Bring 2 quarts (2 litres) of water to a boil, add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add salt and pasta; cook according to package directions. Drain.

In small bowl combine dressing ingredients and mix well.

Toss pasta with dressing. Cool.

Add avocado, cucumbers, red pepper and mango and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

 

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Celebrate Iced Tea Month With The Bigelow Tea June Iced Tea Sweepstakes

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There are just a few days left to enter our Get Ready for Summer Iced Tea Sweepstakes! Enter by midnight EST on June 28 for your chance to win a Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack featuring the perfect pair of summertime thirst quenchers from Bigelow Tea! A total of 20 lucky prize winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Sunny days are beckoning, and beverages need to be tasty, refreshing and convenient. Our Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade blends certainly fill all those needs with a tantalizing combination of black tea, lemonade and natural sweeteners. Each Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack contains one box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade and one box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade with Pomegranate. You get six quart-size tea bags per box—enough for 12 quarts that you fresh-brew yourself in just minutes! Now that’s the way to get your summer off to the right start!

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the 20 lucky winners. Hurry, because summer … and this sweeps will be over before you know it! Good luck!

 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Fun In The Great Outdoors

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We’re so excited about June here at Bigelow Tea, with all the invigorating outdoor activities taking place all around! People are playing tennis, swimming, taking hikes and biking … playing basketball, kayaking, climbing, tossing a frisbee, walking the dog, golfing, gardening … hey, welcome to June the official month of the Great Outdoors!  We look at this month as an excellent opportunity to enjoy the exhilaration of communing with nature. And we are blessed to have so many options to explore, from our majestic national parks, to plenty of free outdoor activities, to tons of stuff to do outside with kids!

Great Outdoors Month also highlights the importance of our precious world’s health. You know that Bigelow Tea has been a staunch advocate for the environment and our natural resources. We love our tea alfresco too, and we always do our best to protect our natural resources as we stay busy producing the finest teas. As it’s laid out in our Mission Statement: we will “do the right thing and good things will follow.” Our forests, parks, lakes and rivers provide us with beauty and wonder today, and are all part of our legacy for future generations.

Enjoying the majesty of nature with our amazing Bigelow Tea varieties simply doubles the enjoyment. Whichever activities you choose to do this month, enjoy a cup of our tea before, during and after! And when you work up that great outdoors thirst, look no further than an iced glass full of our Half Iced Tea-Half Lemonade, perfectly blended and made for just such an occasion as Great Outdoors month, as well as the whole summer!

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Image by Rudolf Getel  via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Welcomes the Summer Solstice

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Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21, will mark one of Bigelow Tea’s favorite days of the year (and favorite month, June is Iced Tea month too)! The sun is high, the temps are rising and it’s the first day of summer! And with summer comes walks on the beach, kite flying, and catching fireflies. Yes, summer solstice is a day to celebrate the beginning of one of our most-loved seasons!

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For those living north of the equator, the question is what to do on this first day of the summer months … the day with the longest hours of daylight in the year? In ancient times, feasts and festivals marked the season of growing crops. In today’s world it would be the perfect day to plan a picnic, a modern day spin on the ancient feast. All you need is a tablecloth, a basket of goodies, maybe a Frisbee and some glasses for a batch of refreshing Bigelow Iced Tea! In fact, this plan sounds too good to limit to just the day of the Summer Solstice … so let’s plan on having picnics throughout the summer. Why not choose a different flavor of Bigelow Iced Tea each time?

But really, with these longer hours in the day, the possibilities are endless. What’s on your agenda to accomplish this summer? Whatever you plan to do—from yard work to pure relaxing—don’t forget to pour yourself a wonderful glass of Bigelow Iced Tea first.

Image by Tambako the Jaguar via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Gets Its Serving of Fruits and Veggies This Month!

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and Bigelow Tea wants to make certain we’re eating them regularly. With its new MyPlate icon, the USDA recommends having fruits and vegetables fill half our dishes at every meal or occasion. That’s hefty real estate! So, in honor of this month, Bigelow Tea recommends two salad dishes that incorporate different fruits and veggies. Here’s how to make them.

Chopped Veggie Salad

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Ingredients:

½-1 cup each:

Cucumber (scoop out seeds) diced
Tomatoes (scoop out seeds) diced
Green yellow and red peppers diced
Carrots diced
Zucchini diced
3 tablespoons scallions diced
3 tablespoons fresh dill
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
½ cup of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: n/a

Serves: 4-6

Instructions:

Cut up all veggies and place in a bowl. Mix. Add dill, parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Dress with any Bigelow Tea Vinaigrette such as Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Salad DressingBlueberry Acai Vinaigrette or Red Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad

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Ingredients:

Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai Herb Tea Bags*

1/2 cup (125mL) water
4 tablespoons (60mL) lime juice
3 teaspoons (15mL) sugar
1 pint (500mL) blueberries*
1 cup (250mL) honeydew melon balls*
1 cup (250mL) cantaloupe melon balls*
1 cup (250mL) watermelon balls*
Mint leaves for garnish

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 10-15 minutes – Cook Time: 10 minutes.

*You can use any assortment of fresh fruits depending on what is in season. Add a different flavor sensation by substituting one of Bigelow’s Herb teas such as Red Raspberry or Pomegranate Pizzazz in place of the Blueberry Acai.

Instructions:

Add lime juice, water, sugar and Blueberry Acai Herb Tea Bags to a saucepan, simmer for 10 minutes to infuse flavor. Squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible then remove tea bags. Cool.

Add fruit to large, attractive bowl, pour syrup over fruit and toss gently. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Top image by karimian via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Employees Spruce Up Fairfield’s Sandcastle Playground

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For our Bigelow Tea employees, no task is too great or small. Yet their rewards for volunteering in our community are absolutely plentiful!  As part of our company’s commitment to community service, workers at our Fairfield, CT plant recently gave their time to help out at another “plant” in town: a special playground.

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This “tea” team eagerly got their hands dirty at The Sandcastle Playground by pulling weeds and planting new flowers in the playground’s planting beds. Our handy workers started off their day by focusing on the space near the playground’s sign. First they removed dead bushes and weeds, and then they planted colored lilies.

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Over the years, Bigelow Tea has partnered with the Town of Fairfield and local parents to help in maintaining The Sandcastle, a community playground built in the mid-nineties. Being a stone’s throw from Fairfield’s beach area, The Sandcastle has many fun options for kids: slides, swings, a sandbox, a trapeze ladder, and even a mini-amphitheater.

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Being proud to help on our Community Service Day, our Bigelow Team looks forward to going back to The Sandcastle Playground again. We want to thank our team members Mike Marenna, Manny Leon, Jenny Vongxay, Tomas Rivera, Jose Santiago, Rob D’Agostino and Rich Queen who made this space brighter for the countless children who use it. Good job!

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Bigelow Tea Offers Clear Perspective on Cataract Awareness Month

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Our eyes are like cameras, taking in images of what’s around us. With June being Cataract Awareness MonthBigelow Tea is getting a clear perspective on how cataracts can impact our lenses and our sight.

According to the American Optometric Association, a cataract can impact the eye’s lens, which focuses light onto our retina to transmit what images we see to the brain. A cataract blocks light from properly passing through the lens, which in turn can make our vision blurry or dim. Just like with a camera, a blurry lens affects how our images come out!

Cataracts can happen at any age, but they often develop as we become older. Treatment can really make a difference in handling cataracts, so it’s important to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis.

Nutrition, too, plays a factor, as lutein and Vitamins C and E appear to help with eye health.  And let’s not forget about tea! Some studies have indicated that drinking green tea and black tea may reduce the progression of cataracts.

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In this warmer weather—and during Iced Tea Month—perhaps enjoy our Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea. However you like your Bigelow Tea—hot or iced—let’s sip a little while we plan on having a clearer view of taking care of our eyes!

Top image by magnoid via Flickr.com

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Bloggers Share Their Family Stories About Bigelow Tea!

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Bigelow Tea is proud to be a family-owned business that treats everyone like family.  Our “family circle” includes many suppliersemployees, retailers, and of course, passionate tea consumers! More recently, we have connected with a vibrant community of bloggers, and many of them have shared personal stories about their affection for Bigelow Tea. We take a moment to thank these wonderful writers and highlight a few of our favorite tea musings from the blogs—all of which revolve around … family, of course!

Great Contradictions – a blog dedicated to helping “others to live happy, healthy lives no matter what their circumstances are,” posted a lovely tribute to tea and tradition. “Girl Talk with my mom drinking a cup of Bigelow Tea is definitely a cherished moment.”

Cre8tive Compass – At first glance, Rebecca Parsons’ photos (like the one above) featuring Bigelow Tea and her grandmother’s china look like still-life paintings. Simply stunning. We also appreciate Rebecca’s take on our teas: “I call it ‘MY’ Bigelow Tea because I think of it as a member of my family. I drink it every day … My favorite is Plantation Mint.”

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The Mommy-Files – Shannon Gosney’s morning tea ritual was inspired by her mom. She prepares a cup of her favorite flavor, Earl Grey, and moves the tea bag to a small bowl after steeping. “I pick up my mug and as the steam lifts from the mug, I can smell the delicious aroma of the tea. It’s heavenly!”

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We want to thank every blogger who has taken the time to celebrate Bigelow Tea and tea drinking in general and we invite all of you to visit the above bloggers as well as those listed below for more tea inspiration!

Rambles of a SAHM

Still Blonde After All These Years

Mom with a dot com

Mommy Hates Cooking

Mudpies and Tiaras

Bubbly Nature Creations

And, as always, we invite you to share your own tea stories with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Image by Rebecca Parsons via Cre8tive Compass

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Watch Our Garden Grow At Bigelow Tea!

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The Bigelow Tea Green Team has started a community garden and invites you to follow our progress! The team has been hard at work establishing planting beds in the front grass area of our Fairfield headquarters for the initial phase of this exciting Green Wellness Community (GWC) initiative.

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The Bigelow Green Team will be planting, maintaining and hopefully growing vegetables in these plantings beds. We are starting this year with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and squash. We are hopeful that the garden will yield enough product to donate to a local nonprofit organization such as the Bridgeport Rescue Mission where they can use these freshly grown vegetables to help feed those who may be less fortunate.

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The Bigelow Green Team feels that this project touches upon each of the GWC areas as the gardening touches upon greening and sustainabili-TEA, the vegetables touch upon our wellness efforts, and we will serve our community by donating what we grow.

Stay tuned for more pictures documenting our gardening progress!

 

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Bigelow Tea Salutes Flag Day and Our Troops

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On National Flag Day, June 14, let’s pay tribute to our country’s symbol of red, white, and blue: our American flag. We at Bigelow Tea decided to brush up on our “flag etiquette” through the United States Flag Code, a how-to list on displaying our Stars and Stripes. Here are some pointers to share:

  • When raised, the flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. Don’t allow it to touch the floor or ground, nor carry or hold anything in it. It’s common to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset, but it can also be flown throughout the night if properly illuminated. And don’t fly it in bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • The term “half-staff” means that the flag is lowered to “one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.” In this manner, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position.
  • Parades have rules too. When the U.S. flag is carried in procession with other flags, our nation’s flag should be either on the right of the line of flags, or in front of the center of the line. On floats, the flag should be displayed on a staff. With cars, the flag is attached to the right fender, or chassis, not draped over the vehicle. No laying it on a train or a boat either.

Bigelow Tea also shows its patriotism by sending a special care package to our armed forces. We ship our “Tea for the Troops,” to those serving our country. The American Classic Tea is made from tea grown at our Charleston Tea Plantation and put into special red, white and blue packages. It’s a wonderful way for our soldiers overseas get a taste of “home.”

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And let’s not forget that June is also Iced Tea Month! So, as we celebrate our country’s heritage, let’s raise a glass of iced tea and salute our flag and those who defend it!

Top image by Valerie Everett via Flickr.com

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