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Glorious Ginger: Embrace Healing Energy with Bigelow Tea

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(Courtesy of Gurneys.com)

Some words of wisdom from Bigelow Tea:  When life throws us a curveball and the future seems uncertain, we always gravitate towards whatever brings us comfort, stability, and that ever-elusive gift that we call Time. Whether we need time to reflect, heal or simply just breathe, the meditative ritual of tea drinking is the tonic which puts everything into perspective.

For centuries, people have enjoyed the practice of tea – for social interaction and to heal mind and body.  Ancient cultures engaged in the preparation of herbal tea concoctions from a seemingly endless variety of herbs, nurtured for their exotic flavors and medicinal value. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) not only makes a very flavorful base for a tea but also contains a wide range of healing properties.

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Ginger SnappishTM Herbal Tea with Lemon

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Bigelow AriZona Organic Green Tea – Lemon Ginger

Ginger root, the underground stem of the ginger plant, is just as effective dried as it is in its raw form. The plain, brown color of the spice belies its fiery and savory nature.  A widely popular medicinal herb in the eastern cultures of China, Japan and India, ginger is also grown in West Africa and the Caribbean. There is a bounty of evidence of its healing properties, which can remedy maladies of the stomach, asthma, inflammation, motion and morning sickness, blood pressure and circulatory problems. Ginger has also been very effective with eliminating nausea from chemotherapy treatment.

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger


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Green Tea Ginger Tea Cakes

So, do take time out to breathe, nibble, and sip some of Bigelow Tea’s comfort food and herbal teas, all channeling the healing energy of green tea and glorious ginger!

(Note: Always consult a physician before the medical use of ginger - or any herb, for that matter).


Practicing SustainabiliTEA: Creating Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

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Outdoor tea garden
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It’s amazing how the simple act of planting a seed and nurturing it as it grows into something wonderfully edible, can fill the soul with such a profound sense of gratification and contentment.  Sustainable living gives new meaning to the expression “you reap what you sow.”  At Bigelow Tea, we’ve been practicing Sustainabili-TEA from day one, by producing only the finest tasting teas, lovingly hand-picked from mountain grown gardens.  So, for the fellow tea lovers who may be wondering how to grow your very own slice of herbal heaven – it’s really quite easy!  The three key elements to a thriving herbal tea garden are sun, soil and water.

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(Images courtesy of Wikihow.com)

You can visit your local nursery to learn what herbs are best suited to your particular garden zone and sun requirements.  Determine your available outdoor space and have fun designing your herbal retreat.  If the area is large enough, consider adding some decorative features like a gate, trellis or arbor. As a finishing touch, place a bench in the garden and appreciate the beauty while sipping a cup of tea.

If space is an issue, consider creating a special area on your deck, balcony, rooftop or even indoors! Herbs make great container gardens, provided they’re located in a spot that gets 6 to 8 hours of daily sunlight. You can fill the space with colorful plant containers and an indoor herb garden will infuse the house with delightful fragrances.

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Charleston Tea Plantation

We love our herbal teas – and the land on which they grow. In 2003, Bigelow Tea purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s only tea garden, as part of our deep-rooted commitment to the practice of what we proudly call “Sustainabili-TEA.”  So, from our garden to yours – happy harvest!!

Bigelow Tea and Van Houtte Form Coffee/Tea Alliance

Retail grocers have reason to celebrate! Bigelow Tea — the number one specialty tea manufacturer in the United States — has joined forces with Van Houtte, the number one gourmet coffee brand in Canada, to develop the U.S. K-Cup market in a big way.

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The partnership began about 8 years ago when Van Houtte provided sales and distribution to help Bigelow Tea penetrate the Québec Food Service market. Following that success, Bigelow and Van Houtte formed an alliance to produce Bigelow Tea K-Cups. In the past four years, Bigelow’s K-Cup business has grown over 45% per year.

Now, Bigelow Tea and Van Houtte are launching a national K-Cup campaign in the currently under-developed U.S. Retail Grocery channel. K-Cups fit the increasingly popular Keurig brewing systems, for an at home café experience.

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“The K-Cup business is one of the fastest growing segments in the United States,” says Cindi Bigelow, President of the family owned Bigelow Tea company. “It makes sense for Bigelow, the tea category leader, to expand on the opportunities of this popular brewing system. Now American tea drinkers who like instant-brew convenience don’t have to settle for anything less than Bigelow flavor.”

The Bigelow K-Cups include these consumer favorites:

  • English Breakfast
  • Green Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Cozy Chamomile®
  • Mint Medley®
  • Green Tea with Pomegranate


Glad to be Back thanks to Bigelow Tea!

Okay I think for the first time I might be over “tead”….is that a word? I picked up a lovely virus last week and trying to cure it myself starting drinking 6 to 8 cups of tea a day. You name it, I was drinking it (of course of Bigelow Tea only)…herbal, green, black, sometimes two bags in one cup, combos you can’t even dream of. Did it make feel me better? Sure…it still took me several days before I was finally myself but 50 cups in 6 days is even too much for me.

I am delighted to now be back and following my normal ritual of just 3 cups a day! One thing I can say, I drank flavors of ours I had forgotten even existed! Wow, glad to be back!

Cindi Bigelow
President

Bon Jovi Tours with Herbal Tea

With more than 2500 concerts in over 50 countries, Bon Jovi has been around almost as long as tea — okay, maybe not quite that long. However, 25 years is a long time for a band, and Jon and his band are still going strong. In fact, at one time, David Bryan joked “We’re the same as when we started out — just a little more expensive and a little older.”

Some things have changed just a little over the years, like the must-haves when they are on tour. Along with the meatloaf that their chef of 20 years prepares before the first date of their tour, you can add chicken soup, Halls Soothers and, you guessed it, herbal tea.

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Celebrate the 4th With Refreshing Iced Tea

Whether you celebrate Independence Day, the commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with fireworks, parades, backyard barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games or something else, be sure to quench your thirst this 4th of July weekend with one of our refreshing iced tea recipes – – wherever you celebrate.

Speaking of history and tea, think about this interesting tea tidbit from one of our friends at gather.com:

“…there is an old joke in my village’s history book. When tea was first brought to Long Island in 1700, the locals didn’t know what to do with it, so they cooked it and ate it like spinach while others spread the leaves on bread like butter.” (quoted from Echoes From the Past, Elisabeth S. Lapham)

And why not?  Yet, perhaps you’d rather stick to iced tea, like the one below, or try some of our other tea recipes.

Peach Chai Iced Tea

Ingredients:
1½ cups cold water
3 Bigelow® Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea Bags
3 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
7 cups of cold water

Instructions:
Recipe created by Dorinda of Covington GA, 3rd place winner 2007 Iced Tea Recipe Contest

Place 1½ cups boiling water over tea bags in a 4-cup glass measuring cup. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, let the concentrated tea cool.

Pour concentrate into a 3-quart pitcher. Add the cold water and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

For more tea recipes and entertaining ideas, go to http://www.bigelowtea.com/entertaining/recipes/

Try these great recipes at your barbecue

Colorful Grilled Tofu Sandwiches

Ingredients:
6 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Juice Tea Bags
¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
1lb (500g) firm or extra firm Tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices
2 cups (500mL) baby lettuce or spinach
¼ cup (60mL) balsamic vinaigrette
8 slices whole grain bread
Mustard and mayonnaise if desired
¾ cup (180mL) roasted red peppers, drained
4 slices Swiss cheese

Instructions:
Place Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Juice tea bags in a measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and reserve ½ cup (125mL) tea.

Place tofu into a large dish, pour tea over and marinate for ½ hour, turning once or twice.

Preheat grill and grill tofu turning once after five minutes, cooking both sides for five minutes.

Prepare sandwiches by tossing greens with vinaigrette. Spread 4 slices of bread with mayonnaise and/or mustard, 2 slices of tofu, ¼ of the greens, ¼ of the red pepper and a slice of cheese, cover with another slice of bread. Continue until you have 4 sandwiches.

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

Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients:
6 large Portobello mushrooms
8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal tea bags
1 cup (250mL) boiling water
3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:
Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside.
Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal tea bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil.
Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours.
When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer.
They also go very well with steak.

Yield: Serves 6 – Prep Time 10 mins. – Marinating Time 24 hrs – Cook Time 8-10 min

Letting Tea Go to Your Head

You might have read how your leftover tea bags can be used for the skin and eyes (if not, see our December 5th post). But did you know that tea also has some unexpected beauty applications for the hair?

According to Shirley Bragg at About.com, some herbal teas can be used to add shine to your tresses. But that’s not all. Bragg has, herself, witnessed that tea can be used to create highlights or darken hair. She offers the following advice: “If you have red hair, green tea is the color of choice. Chamomile tea will add blonde highlights, black tea will add a glow to dark hair and for gray hair, try ginseng.”

Perhaps your hair color isn’t the problem. Maybe excessive hair is. If so, you’ll want to follow up this study reported by the BBC. In February they noted that one specific herbal tea may control unwanted hair. “Spearmint tea may help to control excessive hair growth in women,” according to Turkish researchers. Thus far results are modest, and additional research is needed, so while you may not want to pin your hopes on this as a solution for hirsutism, keep your eyes open for more word on the potential of this and other herbal tea uses.

American Tea Rituals

When it comes to tea, history is being made in United States. Tomislav Podreka at Planet Tea says that “We are … at the beginning of the establishment of an American tea ritual.” 

Think about it. Throughout its history, tea has been intimately tied to ritual. Consider the expression, “steeped in tradition.” In Asian culture tea is integral to ceremonies and meditation practices as it has been for thousands of years. In England, what began as a duchess’s stomach murmurs in the 1800s evolved into tea time as a compulsory daily break for the masses.

It’s now time for America. As “[ritualization of tea] has occurred in every other culture … there will be no difference here,” Podereka says. He credits herbals – which originated early in American history as simple remedies for minor afflictions – for boosting “America’s tea culture to another level” and notes that “these infusions have made great inroads as a common staple of American life.” More recently, stringent scientific study has given additional credibility to centuries of health claims, priming tea for ritualization based on its health benefits. 

What tea rituals will America develop? According to the author, a great deal depends on what influences our choices. Fortified by the latest research, will Americans drink primarily for health? For relaxation? Or something else? In the end, only time will tell, but it’s great to be part of tea history in the making.

For All You ”Sweet Tooths” Out There – Bigelow Tea’s Top Three Desserts

Bigelow Tea has chosen three winners for its Bigelow Tea Dessert Recipe Contest.  Yum…How does Caramel Apple Coffee Cake sound?  So good it took First Prize.  The delightful flavor of Bigelow Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea made this cake a winner.  The Caramel Apple Coffee Cake was submitted by Laurel of Lake Mills, Iowa.  First prize was The Classic Tea Chest.  Autumn Tea Cake, which incorporated the heavenly flavor of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea, won second place.  Another Iowan, Nita, received the Rose Garden Plate with Server Set for her cake recipe.  Third prize, the Four Flavored Tea Chest, went to Annie of Binghamton, NY for her Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.  Annie used Bigelow’s infamous Constant Comment Tea to give her cake its unique flavor.  Congratulations Laurel, Nita and Anna!  Thanks to ALL who entered those wonderful tea dessert recipes. 

It’s time to get baking!  And while you’re at it, brew up a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea.