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Charleston Tea Plantation First Flush 2015

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Spring is here at Bigelow Tea and a new harvest season is about to begin at the Charleston Tea Plantation! The first harvest of the year produces a special tea called the “First Flush.” This tea was traditionally reserved for royalty and usually is picked in late April or early May. It creates a unique tasting tea that is only available once a season! Like all tea, First Flush tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. After being dormant all winter, the Camellia Sinensis plants experience escalated growth of new leaves creating this distinct tea. Devoted tea drinkers describe a cup of First Flush tea as the most delicious, pure, and fresh cup of tea available with a smooth and mellow flavor.

In celebration for the new harvest season, each year the Charleston Tea Plantation hosts the First Flush FesTEAval. This year’s 9th Annual First Flush FesTEAval will include live music from nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow! This family friendly festival also includes local artisan vendors, food trucks, kids activities, and of course, plenty of tea! The First Flush FesTEAval will take place onSunday, May 24, 2015 beginning at noon. Tickets are currently available online through Ticketfly and in person at the plantation. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

The Charleston Tea Plantation is open seven days a week, with the exception for a few holidays and is the perfect spot for a family day trip. To learn more about First Flush tea, and all tea, enjoy a trolley ride through the fields, Factory Tour, and a glass of chilled iced tea in the Plantation Shop. And don’t forget to snap a picture with Waddy the Frog!

 

Bigelow Tea Reports On Penn State Research That Says Green Tea May Keep Your Mouth Safe From Certain Forms Of Cancer

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Yes, Bigelow Tea in a big mug can warm your hands and it can bring delicious aromas to your nose … but it’s the mouth that really gets to enjoy Bigelow Tea. The mouth is the gateway to Bigelow Tea’s rich flavors and that soothing sensation of sipping and swallowing tea. Now there’s news that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer! Read on.

A new Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food stated that green tea might kill oral cancer cells, and boost healthy ones. In the study the authors found that a compound in green tea triggers a process in the cancerous cells’ mitochondria that leads to early cell death. A previous study in 2002 found that green tea could induce cancer cell death and suggested “regular consumption of green tea could be beneficial in the prevention of oral cancer.”

This is exciting news! So, in addition to tasting good, keeping you warm and making special memories, Bigelow Green Tea might keep your mouth healthy. Another wonderful reason to enjoy Bigelow Tea during its milestone 70th year@DarlenyGomezR tweeted that she might be obsessed with Bigelow’s green tea … are you?

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Environmental Education Week and Earth Day 2015

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Bigelow Tea is serious about protecting the environment and the planet year round. This week the employees at Bigelow Tea will celebrate National Environmental Education Week and Earth Day. The philosophy of doing the right thing was started 70 years ago by Ruth Campbell Bigelow and remains an important part of Bigelow Tea under the direction of third Generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow.

Bigelow Tea is proud of its sustainability efforts in energy conservation, waste reduction, and land preservation. Bigelow Tea achieved a company-wide commitment to achieve “Zero Waste to Landfill” in 2013. Aggressive recycling, raw material reduction, and compost methods (which includes utensils and bowls in our cafeteria) are paired with employee education and active Green Teams throughout the company, allowing Bigelow Tea proclaim Zero Waste to Landfill status in all three of its manufacturing facilities. This means that no more than 10 percent of waste ends up in a landfill. This is just one of the many ways Bigelow Tea shows its dedication to sustainable business practices.

Bigelow Tea drinkers can help do their part for the environment by recycling Bigelow tea bags and boxes. 85% of Bigelow Tea’s packaging is biodegradeble or recyclable. Facebook follower Gene Young says “We are all about recycling … we are part of a community program that makes sure we are doing as much as we can and our Bigelow boxes are part of that effort each and every week.” You can get creative too and upcycle Bigelow Tea foils and boxes. Everyone can do his or her part to keep our earth beautiful for generations to come.

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Bigelow Tea Appreciates Christian Louboutin’s Fashionable Tea Attitude! 

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Bigelow Tea and millions of tea lovers know that a great cup of tea is an important part of the morning … not to mention the afternoon, evening and all day long! Bigelow Tea fan @ohionmommy14 tweeted those exact sentiments: “Love drinking Bigelow Tea any time of day!” Bigelow Tea never tires hearing from tea devotees who enjoy their daily cup(s).

Of course there are many celebrities around the world who report that tea is a big part of their day. One is the renowned French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, who has infused his shiny, red-lacquered shoe-sole designs across the fashion world (with half a million pairs sold each year)! He enthusiastically shared in a recent interview that his mornings include “Liters and liters and gallons and gallons of tea.” Turns out Mr. Louboutin is as passionate about his tea as he is about five inch heels and innovative patterns!

Now in its 70th year, Bigelow Tea agrees with Mr. Louboutin! Yes, whether you take your daily tea by the cup or by the gallon, Bigelow Tea clearly is always in style!

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Bigelow Tea’s Proposal For A Wonderful Wedding

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Bigelow Tea loves a good wedding! Even in 2015, brides and grooms still follow the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Bigelow Tea is excited to share some thoughts as you plan your fairytale wedding.

Something Old

Three generations of the Bigelow family have been creating tea for 70 years, and tea itself has a storied past. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a whimsical afternoon tea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Something New

Deciding on thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids? Or looking for a personalized present for the happy couple? Make their next tea-time special with a new Bigelow Tea engraved tea chest.

Something Borrowed

If you’re searching for a venue, remember that you can always use Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation for the day. The serene and unique setting of the Plantation—found on Wadmalaw Island—provides wedding guests a taste of Southern charm and historic beauty. The grounds of America’s largest working tea garden offer a picturesque pavilion, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests, and gorgeous locations to recite your vows.

Full of majestic oaks and lush fields, it’s the perfect setting for saying, “I do” and April starts the wedding season so do call to book your date!

Something (Red, White and) Blue

After a day of wedding festivities, give guests a wedding favor that’s original. Try a box of American Classic® Tea, tea grown and produced at the Charleston Tea Plantation or personalized boxes of Bigelow tea. @PrettyLaneEtsy suggests hand-stamped gift tags with the phrase, “You, me, and a cup of tea.”

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Congratulations to all those couples celebrating their big day this year. If you need a break from wedding planning, remember, nothing’s more relaxing than a nice cup of tea.

Tackling Taxes and Tension With Bigelow Tea!

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Keep calm and file on, tea drinkers. It’s April 15, which means it’s time to submit those taxes. And what better way to celebrate filing on-time than taking a moment to relax with a mug of Bigelow Tea? Understandably, April is National Stress Awareness Month and we’d recommend keeping that tension at bay with one of our soothing herbal blends like Chamomile MintChamomile Vanilla, or Sweet Dreams.

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If you’re burning the midnight oil to get your taxes finished, recharge with one of Bigelow Tea’s aromatic black teas—like American Breakfast tea which has 50% more caffeine in every tea bag. Follow the lead of @randomnessli and grab a cup of Bigelow tea to help fuel your workflow.

Remember, it’s important to combat the stress in your life, and take time to relax and rejuvenate. While you can’t completely avoid stress, you can minimize it by leading a healthy, balanced life. Take time to unwind this month by staying active, spending time with loved ones, and sipping on your favorite Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea Supports ‘Cups Of Care’ Tea Parties For Breast Cancer Awareness

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Meet the awesome girls and their moms who have teamed up to create the Cups of Care Program with the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. These creative mother-daughter duos host in-home springtime tea parties to raise money for breast cancer treatment and build awareness about breast health. Bigelow Tea is incredibly proud to support this great cause by providing tea for the parties and encouraging others to join the effort!

If you know the story of “Constant Comment,”® you also know that the company began 70 years ago with one woman’s initiative and passion for tea. So it’s inspiring to see what these girls and their mothers are doing to make the world a better place—and to know that Bigelow Tea is a part of it. And while Bigelow Tea supports many charitable causes, there is a special connection to Cups of Care because founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow battled breast cancer.

Cups of Care began last year as a fun way to not only raise money for women struggling to pay for treatment, but also to educate teens about breast health, inspire overall wellness from an early age, and empower young women with the knowledge that they can make a difference in the community and lives of others.  Several mother-daughter teams came together to host eight tea parties and raised nearly $11,000. Wow!

“At Bigelow, supporting good work like this being done by these special young ladies makes each of us feel so fortunate” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation President & CEO of Bigelow Tea. “They are truly making a difference and we could not be more proud to help, if even in just a small way. Brava young ladies … brava!”

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For spring 2015, two parties have already taken place and another is scheduled for April 12th. The program is looking for volunteers to host their own in-home parties from now through May. To find out how you can host a Cups of Care Tea Party, contact Mari-Jo Gordon at the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, 203-255-5546.

You too can help make a difference “one cup of tea at a time!”

 

Bigelow Tea Reports On Time Magazine Article About Why You Should Drink Green Tea

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The taste, aroma and warmth of a mug of Bigelow Tea Green Tea are so enticing that people all over the world brew a daily cup! But if you need additional reasons to feel good about your tea, Time magazine recently wroteabout seven ways green tea gives you a boost. Here are the first three!

  1. Green tea is good for your bones. According to a study published in the journal Nutrition Research, women who drank up to three cups of tea per day had a 30% lower risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures.
  1. Green tea may help prevent cancer. Cancer rates are lower in countries, like Japan, where green tea is a go-to drink, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. While researchers can’t be sure that green tea alone is responsible for low cancer rates, it does contain the chemicals EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC, which are known for their antioxidant activity. Plus, properties of green tea could help protect your skin from the sun’s UV damage, the leading cause of skin cancer.
  1. Green tea could help you maintain a healthy weight. It could even reduce body fat, researchers found in a 12-week study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Green-tea extract may also have the power to decrease obesity and obesity-related illnesses like diabetes.

Now that’s some good news! Bigelow Green Tea drinker clearly agrees;  @rjankrithika loves it so much that she tweeted that it is “The Elixir of My Life.” Awesome!

New to green tea? Try a box of Bigelow’s Six Assorted Green Teas and let us know which one is your favorite.

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Invite Bigelow Tea To Your Sunday Dinner

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As a family-owned companyBigelow Tea savors time well spent with loved ones. For your next family gathering, bring Bigelow Tea to the table with a Glazed Ham with Constant Comment Orange Sauce and Lemon Orzo With Roasted Vegetables. These dishes offer a warm and comforting taste perfect for your next holiday dinner. Bon appétit!

Glazed Ham with Constant Comment® Orange Sauce

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Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup (160mL) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) butter
  • 12 Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) hot water
  • ½ cup (125mL) fresh orange juice
  • Zest of orange
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) ground cloves
  • 1 – 6 to 8 pound (3 to 4kg) cooked ham
  • 12 wholes cloves

Instructions

Brew Constant Comment® tea bags in hot water. Discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible. Combine tea, brown sugar, butter, orange juice and zest with ground cloves in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside. Preheat oven to 325ºF (170ºC). Using a sharp knife, score the fat on top of the ham into diamond shapes, then press the cloves, stem side down, into each diamond. Place ham in shallow roasting pan. Brush the Constant Comment® Orange Glaze on the ham liberally. Roast the ham for about 15 minutes a pound, brushing two to three times during the cooking process. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Drizzle sliced ham with remaining sauce.

Lemon Orzo With Roasted Vegetables

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Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, washed and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra virgin oil
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
  • ½ pound (250g) orzo
  • ¼ cup (80mL) boiling water
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup (60mL) vegetable oil
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup (250mL) feta cheese, cut into ½ diced
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, julienned

Instructions

Using a large baking pan, toss vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper in olive oil. Roast 40 minutes at 375ºF (190ºC), until browned, turning once with a spatula. Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large serving dish. Add the roasted vegetables with juices to the orzo. Combine well. Make the dressing by pouring boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes and remove the tea bags. Combine vegetable oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper, shake or whisk. Add to the vegetables and orzo. Garnish with green onions, pine nuts, feta cheese and basil. Taste for seasoning and serve at room temperature.

 

Make Bigelow Tea A Part Of Physical Wellness Month

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April is Physical Wellness Month, and Bigelow Tea is all about feeling well! This is the ultimate time of year to kick your fitness plan into gear and eat and drink things that are good for your body! Bigelow Tea, of course, should be at the top of your list.

Not only does tea do a body good by providing hydration, it also has been shown to reduce non-cardiovascular mortality by 24 percent! On top of that, tea drinkers also have the opportunity to engage in something else that’s key to physical wellness: relax. Yes, taking time out of your day to brew a mug of steaming herbal or green tea is a wonderful way to relax.

Whatever age you are, and whatever physical state you’re in after this long winter, take Physical Wellness Month as an opportunity to sleep, exercise and eat well. Take @Jezyka2moro’s advice and have a #healthy tea party! Breathe fresh air and drink Bigelow Tea. Simple, right? Be well.