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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.

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!

Recipe Winners: Soups Made With Bigelow Tea

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On a cold winter evening, nothing beats a bowl full of warm comfort food for dinner—particularly if it’s made with the flavors of Bigelow Tea. This season, try your hand at one of these recipes featuring chicken: Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger (perfect for when you have a sore throat) and I Love Lemon Chicken Chili (which pairs well with a Sunday football game). Find comfort in your favorite comfort foods—with a slight twist, thanks to tea of course!

Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3  Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Tea*
  • 1 cooked, skinless, boneless chicken breast (approx. ½ pound)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (½ cup)
  • ½ cup dried fine egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped

*Alternative Bigelow Herb flavor to try – Bigelow® Ginger Snappish Tea

Instructions

Combine 2 cups of hot water and 3 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken breast. Use one fork to anchor the chicken breast to the cutting board, while using the other fork to ‘scrape’ the chicken into shreds. This is easily achieved if you shred along the grain of the chicken breast. Alternately, you may simply cut the breast into bite-sized pieces. In a medium saucepan or soup pot, combine the chicken broth and the tea over high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, shredded chicken and noodles. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender and noodles are cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped parsley and adjust seasonings as necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve hot. Note: To make this soup ahead of time, proceed as directed but omit the noodles and the fresh parsley. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, pour into a medium saucepan, add noodles, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked and soup is heated through. Adjust seasonings, add fresh parsley and serve.

I Love Lemon Chicken Chili

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Ingredients

  • 8 tea bags of I Love Lemon Herbal Tea
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, whole, cracked
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 pounds chicken breast, 1″ cubed
  • 4 ounces Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces onion, diced
  • 4 ounces celery, diced
  • 7 ounces Poblano Pepper, diced
  • 5 ounces red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 16 ounces beans, fresh cooked or canned
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Heat saute pan and add oil.
Toss chicken in flour until coated and shake off excess. Sear chicken on all sides and remove from pan reserving oil in pan.
Sweat garlic, onion and celery. Add peppers and sweat. Add corn and spices.
Cover with chicken stock and add tea bags. Bring to a simmer and add beans.
Let simmer for one hour and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Remove tea bags, stir in fresh cilantro and serve.

Bigelow Tea On Ice—You’ll Want To Try These Winning Combinations!

 

Whether you enjoy iced tea by the glass or by the pitcher, it’s tough to top pouring your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. But do you know what’s better than one flavor? Two! That’s why iced tea combinations are so much fun. Here are a few of our favorite thirst-quenching iced tea pairing recipes:

These are the combinations we’d recommend, but we wanted to hear from you, too. That’s why we asked Bigelow Tea fans to vote for their favorite iced tea pairings, and wouldn’t you know… they responded by the thousands! The I Love Lemon and English Teatime combination won first place with 2434 votes, followed closely by Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz with 2264 votes. Other popular choices were Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai, and Pomegranate Pizzazz and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Don’t forget to check out the video above, too, where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow makes a glass of Red Raspberry and Jasmine Green iced tea. Another great option comes from Bigelow enthusiast @CallMeTeff, who suggests combining Earl Grey and “Constant Comment®” over ice. Yum… we’re getting thirsty with just hearing all these flavor combos!

With so many more fantastic undiscovered combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty season of iced tea. Send in your favorites, and keep cool this summer—one glass at a time.

Bigelow Tea’s Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler Is A Winner

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Any time is the right time for dessert … and if it features Bigelow Tea, it’s even better! This delicious and simple Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler is made with Bigelow Tea’s “I Love Lemon”®. This light, moist, tea-infused cake includes blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and will be ready in under an hour. It’s made in a cast iron skillet, so it is pretty to serve! Pair your cobbler with a hot cup of Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea—which @panglugayawan tweeted “is heaven,”—and you’ve got the perfect after-dinner treat!

Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler

 

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Submitted by Lyuba

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Bigelow “I Love Lemon” herbal tea (1/2 cup of boiling water and 1 tea bag)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Use a 6 1/2 inch skillet.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Place a tea bag in a cup with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, mix berries, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar vigorously for about a minute. Whisk in salt, sour cream and vanilla, until all well combined. Whisk in cooled tea.

Whisk in flour until all incorporated. Preheat seasoned skillet over medium heat and melt butter in it. Swish butter all over the skillet. Take off heat. Pour in most of the batter in the skillet and add berries over the top. Drizzle in remaining dough over the top. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 33-37 minutes.

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I Love Lemon™ Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon

Ingredients:

8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon™ Herbal tea bags
4 cups water

1 lb fresh asparagus (approx. 30 stalks), peeled, an

d tough ends trimmed away
4 oz. light cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

Yield: Serves 10

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes.

Remove tea bags, return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and 1½ teaspoons of salt to the pan.

Parboil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water (to stop the cooking).
Drain and pay dry. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, fresh herbs and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.

Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture (about ½ teaspoon) on each slice of smoked salmon.

Roll up one stalk of asparagus in each piece of smoked salmon, leaving the tips of the asparagus exposed (making it easier to pick up).

Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.

Blueberry Harvest Vinagirette

Ingredients:
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (125mL)
6 Bigelow Blueberry Harvest Herb Tea tea bags
1 tablespoon honey (15mL)
2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard (30mL)
1 small clove garlic
1 cup vegetable oil (250mL)
1 teaspoon salt (5mL)
A pinch of black pepper
*Optional – tarragon, fresh, chopped or dried

Yield: 1 1/3 cups of dressing

Instructions:

Blueberry Harvest Vinaigrette Pour the vinegar into a small microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 1 minute, or cook in a saucepan on medium heat, until bubbles are visible. Remove, add the teabags, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags to a small strainer and, using the back of a spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the bowl. Stir in the honey and mustard, then pour the mixture into an electric blender or a food processor. Add garlic and salt. Slowly drizzle the oil while the machine is running until it is smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:
6 medium sweet potatoes
4 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish or Bigelow® Constant Comment
½ cup (125mL) whipping cream or half & half
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
2 tablespoons (30mL) unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
*Optional – 1 cup (250mL) miniature marshmallows

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 1 hour

Instructions:

Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole Boil sweet potatoes with skins on until tender, 15-18 minutes. Peel and mash.

While potatoes are cooking, heat cream, add tea bags and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes.

To the mashed potatoes, add salt, butter, egg, tea infused cream. Beat until smooth.

Place in 2 quart buttered baking dish, (sprinkle with marshmallows if desired) and bake in oven at 375º for 15-20 minutes or until heated through (and marshmallows are browned*).

Serve hot.

* If made ahead, bring to room temperature, heat for 25 minutes, Top with marshmallows, if desired, and bake another 10 minutes or until marshmallows are browned.

For more great recipes, go to http://www.bigelowtea.com/entertaining/recipes/

Good tea for a Cold!

I have a new favorite combo brew of the week… perfect during flu and cold season (which seems to be all around me!!)

Take one tea bag each I Love Lemon herbal and Ginger Snappish herbal, brew together in one cup, add a little dollop of honey.

If you are not feeling well, I guarantee you will feel better and if you are currently healthily (lucky you!), have this combo everyday to ward off those pesky germs!  My friend at work just made one up for me-it is FABULOUS!

Cindi Bigelow

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