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This Is Why Bigelow Hot Cinnamon Tea Is Perfect

Attention, attention: calling all hot tea lovers: turn the spice up a notch with a cup of Bigelow Hot Cinnamon tea. We took a rich, bold black tea and blended it with spicy cinnamon to create the perfect brew to warm you up all the way down to your toes. And no one is exaggerating when they say it’s got a bit of a kick – after all, it is the spice of intrigue!

Despite its widespread use throughout the ancient world, cinnamon didn’t arrive to Europe until after the Middle Ages. Actually, it was known to be the Arab merchants’ best-kept secret until the early 16th century. To keep their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its high price, traders would tell tales to their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxurious spice. One documented story claimed that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human and could only be gotten when the nests broke. Another tall tale claimed that cinnamon was found in deep canyons guarded by snakes.

In the New World, Christopher Columbus searched for it (and didn’t find it – only tree bark) and Gonzalo Pizarro, a Spanish explorer, sought cinnamon in the Americas, traversing the Amazon hoping to find the “pais de la canela,” or “cinnamon country.”

These days, cinnamon is making some history of its own as the leading ingredient in this amazing tea. With its natural spice and a mix of sweetness, it’s the perfect way to take the chill out of a cool night or to add some zip to your day.

Whatever its history, we’re stoked that cinnamon is a part of our present so #TeaProudly people and enjoy a mug today!

Healthy, Hearty Comfort Food Made With Bigelow Tea

Oh winter – chilly, windy, generally unpleasant… there seems to be no end in sight! And we know a thing or two about winter woes here in our New England town of Fairfield, Connecticut, but we also know some of the best ways to combat the cold whether it’s a hot mug of tea to warm your body, mind and soul or an amazing recipe made with Bigelow Tea Check out some of these fave recipes and try one tonight….take a pic, tag it #TeaProudly so we can share in the fun!

Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole

Fennels and leeks don’t get their deserved due in the veggie world, but they are often paired in culinary creations as the result of their complementary flavors, and both add beneficial fiber, vitamins and antioxidant polyphenols to our diet.  The bold, fruity, spicy taste of “Constant Comment” tea adds a kick to this flavorful recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (250mL) water
  • 8 Bigelow “Constant Comment” Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
  • ¾ cup (180mL) apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 3 leeks, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound (500g) pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
  • ¼ cup (60mL) flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) olive oil
  • 1 – 10 ounces (280g) package of frozen peas
  • 12 mini potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • ½ cup (125mL) mint leaves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Make “Constant Comment” tea with ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water, discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible. Add chicken stock and set aside. Melt butter in large skillet and add fennel and leeks and saute gently for 4-5 minutes or until soft, don’t brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add pork to large plastic bag; add flour, season with salt and pepper, and toss until pork is well coated. Add olive oil to large skillet and brown the pork in batches over medium heat. Remove pork and add apple juice, increase heat and stir up the brown bits from the bottom. Add the tea mixture and boil, add pork, fennel, leeks and potatoes. Cover and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and add peas, mix cornstarch with a little cold water to make a paste and add slowly to hot liquid. Return to oven and continue cooking until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper if needed and garnish with chopped

I Love Lemon Chicken Casserole

Protein rich beans and chicken, veggies and a unique lemon / pepper flavor combo make for a spicy, rich, warm-you-to-the-toes dish.  Bigelow’s I Love Lemon tea adds a wonderful zing for sure.

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.

Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon

(Pictured Above)

Rock your dinner tonight with this exotic flavor celebration. Cinnamon, in the form of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick tea, is the star of this dish.  Satisfying lentils and chicken and germ fighting garlic and onions make for a powerhouse meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4 Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags
  • ½ lb. dried brown lentils, rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 lbs chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 – 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

Combine four cups hot water and four Cinnamon Stick® tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add tea and lentils to a large stew pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Remove to a large bowl and set aside. In the same pot, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until softened. Add cut-up chicken and cook until cooked through and no longer pink inside (about 10 minutes). Add diced tomatoes and cooked lentils to the pan and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped almonds and parsley and serve.

3 Remarkable Facts About Bigelow Tea Founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow

Guess what today is?? It’s the birthday of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow who started family-owned Bigelow Tea. The #TeaProudly community are celebrating big by honoring her amazing entrepreneurial spirit that built this third generation family owned business into a legacy and the largest specialty tea company in the United States!  Check out these three amazing facts that give some insight into how Ruth did it all.

1. Ruth was an interior designer by trade, but in 1945, she put her creative energies toward formulating “Constant Comment” in the kitchen of her New York City brownstone. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea in the country, and Bigelow Tea was born!

2. Ruth’s special tea even got mentions in the New York Times and Gourmet magazine! (Talk about #TeaProudly!)  Food writer Jane Holt wrote about the newly introduced tea on May 21, 1945, calling it “unusual,” “delicious,” “concentrated,” and “economical.”

In the July 1945 issue of Gourmet, prominent food writer Clementine Paddleford told the story of how “Constant Comment” got its name:

“One of Mrs. Bigelow’s friends was giving an afternoon party, and it was suggested she try the new blend. Not a word was said to the guests regarding its novelty, yet everyone spoke of the tea’s aroma, its flavor—there was “constant comment.” A good name, why not? Labels were made and the tea was hurried to the stores, where it is selling at around 75 cents for the two-and-one-quarter ounce jar.”

3. According to NPR, songwriter Leonard Cohen even included Ruth’s marvelous tea in his song “Suzanne” with these lyrics:

“and she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China” 

When asked about this line, he said: “She fed me a tea called Constant Comment, which has small pieces of orange rind in it, which gave birth to the image.”  (Pretty cool, huh?!)

It’s All About Family, Giving Back, and of course, Tea!

There’s no denying that “Constant Comment” was and is a big deal; and family-owned Bigelow Tea has expanded tremendously since then with over 150 flavors! Ruth’s son David and his wife Eunice, as co-Chairs, have lead the company with integrity, passion, thoughtfulness and a spirit of determination. They are still the only ones who know the secret recipe for Ruth’s aromatic tea blend. (Mmmmm!)  And although she passed away in 1966, Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s tenacity and generosity shines on today in her granddaughter, president and CEO Cindi Bigelow. Cindi is not only passionate about tea and has driven the company to great success, but she is deeply committed to promoting sustainability, community and supporting our troops around the globe. She’s proud to be a part of a family-run, inclusive company that believes in kindness!

So, tea lovers, brew yourself a mug of delicious “Constant Comment,” kick back and ponder the life of this tenacious, generous and pioneering woman who created the first American specialty tea. If that’s not a reason to drink a mug to #TeaProudly, what is?

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is A Go-To For Fab Tanya Rad!

What’s the best way to start your day? Well, if you’re up and at ‘em before 5:00 a.m. like Tanya Rad, it’s with a huge glass of water in one hand and a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea in the other. As the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, “On Air With Ryan” on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles’ Hit Music radio station, Tanya’s alarm goes off bright and early so that she can bring the people of Los Angeles and those tuned in worldwide some solid tunes (and humor!).

But, if you spend a bit of time with Tanya, you’ll know that the water and tea go beyond staying hydrated. Tanya is truly committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, and those early morning beverages are a great way to keep accountable throughout the day. Here are a few other tips for living your best – and healthiest – life!

  1. Make your bed. As the first task of the day, it’s a good feeling to get it done.
  2. As mentioned, start your morning off with a nice, tall glass of ice water – maybe add some lemon!
  3. While you’re sipping, start the teapot and brew yourself a cup of green tea.
  4. Schedule your day out. Take a few minutes to jot out your priorities or to-do list. It’s a great way to chart out your day and an even better way to jumpstart the productivity.
  5. On the go? Busy work day ahead? Pack your lunch! Stick to healthy habits by bringing your own food to the office.
  6. Let the natural light in. Open your blinds, soak in the sunshine. That Vitamin D is amazing.
  7. Exercise! Move your body! Wake it up!
  8. Get your thinking cap on! Read the newspaper. Or have a chat with a loved one on your commute. We also love podcasts – one of our favorites is “Tea Time with Tanya.”

In the end, living your best life is all about finding what makes you happy and makes you feel fulfilled. You can get together with friends and chat out some of your favorite habits, or do your research on blogs, Instagram and Pinterest for new ideas. But ultimately, you have to be true to yourself and do what feels right to you. After all, when we say #TeaProudly, being proud of who you are is a huge part of that.

Photos by Tanya Rad

This Is What We Do To Stay Well And Be Happy!

Looking to stay well every day? It’s understandable, especially when we’re still in the throes of cold and flu season. But don’t let that get you down. Look no further than Bigelow Tea Benefits Stay Well! Each cup offers the delicious flavors of lemon and Echinacea – two super duper ingredients that will rock your world! A cup of this yummy tea is the perfect way to support your health.

Though it’s often just “that sour fruit,” the lemon is actually pretty versatile and has been a go-to ingredient throughout history. Many say it was used as a remedy for epilepsy, a toothpaste, invisible ink and even a bleaching agent. Lemons’ origins are said to have come from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, but these days, they’re 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 folate and potassium. Research has suggested that lemons may even help with DNA cell protection, immune system regulation and inflammation relief. So when life gives you lemons, use ‘em like we do in over twenty-three tea flavors!

Echinacea, on the other hand, got its start a little closer to home. It’s native to the plains of North America, and doesn’t grow wild anywhere else in the world (wild child!). It is cultivated across the globe though, especially in the United States and Europe.

Echinacea got its name from an 18th century German botanist, Conrad Moench, who named the plant after the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog. This is probably because of the spiny round seedhead on the plant. In addition to its nutritional properties, Echinacea also grow beautiful, daisy-like purple flowers. Its popularity has also led to concerns about overharvesting, and wild Echinacea is a protected species. We want this plant that keeps us well to stay healthy as well, after all!

Bigelow Benefits Stay Well is like an action duo of feeling good. The powerful partnership of these two terrific ingredients means you get an abundance of benefits in every cup. And with an amazing floral and citrus flavor, it’s a perfect way to sit, savor and center yourself. Or you can share some time with friends or family over a cup, and #TeaProudly with this incredible combination — supporting wellness and full of teatime goodness. Cheers!

Sick Of Cold & Flu Season? Bigelow Tea Is Good For What Ails You.

Brrrr! It’s cold out and all of a sudden…..aaaaah-choo!  (On no!) Unfortunately, cold and flu season is here and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there’s no avoiding getting sick. But check out the #TeaProudly community who know what’s up when it comes to staving off those winter sniffles!  On Twitter @Crystalball1976 says: @bigelowtea Thank you–your tea is helping me out right now….. early stages of a cold. Hope I caught it in time by drinking lots of mint tea!” #TeaProudly

What can we do?  Check out these helpful tips which might just help you proactively survive the winter:

  1. Wash your hands. Viruses and bacteria spread when those who are infected cough, sneeze, or blow their nose. (ewww!) It’s a good idea to wash your hands frequently year-round, but during cold and flu season it is an absolute must. Carry a small container of hand sanitizer with you just in case you don’t have access to soap and water.
  2. Keep it clean! Clean and disinfect surfaces such as tables, countertops and doorknobs at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you know someone at work or school who isn’t feeling well, steer clear and maintain limited contact until they’re better. It’s nothing personal—you need to stay healthy!
  4. Eat (and drink!) a healthy diet. Foods containing vitamins C and E are believed to be helpful in supporting the immune system. Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach are all rich in vitamin E, and you can get your daily vitamin C from foods like citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and tomatoes, so bring on those fruits and veggies, yeah! Researchers at Harvard University also found that drinking five cups of black tea a day quadrupled the body’s immune defense system after two weeks, probably because of theanine, a powerful little amino acid found in both black and green tea.
  5. Get a good night’s rest. Getting enough sleep can keep you from feeling run-down and help you maintain a healthy immune system. Try some soothing and relaxing like Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey as a yummy after-dinner treat—it may help you unwind and get the zzzzzz’s you need.

And how about these tips if you (OH NO!) come down with something:

  1. Stay hydrated. Increasing your fluid intake when you’re sick prevents dehydration, which can be caused by fever, coughing and sneezing.  Warm liquids (like tea!) may soothe a sore, scratchy throat and help to thin mucus. According to ear, nose and throat specialist Murray Grossan, MD; drinking tea and breathing in steam also stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Buh-bye!
  2. If you’re sick, stay home. If you have the flu or a bad cold, take some time off from work or school. Not only do you need to rest, if you’re out and about when you’re sick, you could infect others. Elderly people, children and those with weakened immune systems can develop very serious illnesses if exposed to the cold or flu virus.
  3. Take it easy. Expending energy saps valuable resources from your immune system, so take a time-out when you’re sick. Nap, read, binge-watch that show you’ve been meaning to get to (yay!), and sip a soothing cup of Benefits Lemon and  Echinacea Herbal Tea, but take it easy so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible.

Have any tips on staying healthy this winter? Tag #TeaProudly to share your remedies!

Times Change, But Bigelow Teas Don’t – That’s #TeaProudly!

Listen up, tea lovers. If you haven’t joined the Bigelow Tea #TeaProudly community (you qualify if you love tea!), now’s the time. Why? Because drinking tea is warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share. #TeaProudly is the best place to be and now you can learn more from the top of our tea boxes. Yup, the next time you pick out your fave flavors, you’ll notice something a bit different and we hope you love it as much as we do!

So, what exactly did we do? A #TeaProudly update, of course, on the top of our boxes. And that is not all you will find on our tea boxes, you’ll see stories on the lid of the box, photos, easy to read listed ingredients and #TeaProudly messages on each tea tag. Because, hey, the times (and packaging) may change, but our delicious tea won’t! Check out new packaging for the following flavors: “Constant Comment®”, Earl Grey, English Teatime, Green Tea, Green Tea with Lemon, Mint Medley, and Cozy Chamomile.

Obviously, you all know what #TeaProudly is by now, but just in case you don’t (hey, new tea drinkers!), here’s how it works. We all love tea, right? And along with our passion (yours and ours!), is the fun we all have in sharing what’s important. Because who doesn’t love to talk about favorite tea flavors, awesome mugs, cool tea memories with friends and family, and any other time tea has rocked our world?!

See one of our new packages on your next shopping trip? Snap a pic and share it on social media with #TeaProudly!

This is How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

Have you ever wondered what makes tea sooooooo tasty? For three generations, Bigelow Tea has been crafting deliciously different teas using quality handpicked teas and herbs from the world’s finest gardens. (Yum!) While premium ingredients are essential for a great cup of tea, the way you brew your tea also has a huge impact on how it tastes. Just follow these four easy steps and you’ll be on your way to a perfect, consistent cup every time. (Yay!)

  1. You may think using the leftover water in your tea kettle is no big deal. (It is!) Fresh, cold water is vital to making an amazing cup of tea. Before filling the tea kettle, let the cold tap water run for 30 seconds. This aerates the water– the oxygen in the water opens up the tea leaf, extracting all its incredible flavors. If you prefer bottled water, even better–give it a shake to aerate the water before heating. If you’re using a teapot, here’s a tip to improve aeration– take the chill off by rinsing it first with hot water.
  2. Before you pour, put the tea bag of your choice in a cup or mug. Different types of tea have different ideal brewing temperatures that yield the best flavor for that specific tea. (Wow, who knew?!) For black, oolong, herbal and rooibos teas, bring water to a rolling boil, then immediately pour over tea. For delicate green teas, bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form, and then pour over tea.
  3. Steeping times also vary for different types of tea. (Tick-tock!) Ideal steeping time for black tea is about 2-4 minutes, green tea 1-3 minutes, and herbal teas 4 minutes or more. Here’s another fun fact—covering your mug while the tea steeps keeps it warm and seals in all the yummy tea goodness.  If you forget how much time to steep, take a peek at your box of Bigelow Tea! You’ll find recommended brew times right on the packaging.
  4. If you’re working on creating a perfect cup of tea—don’t squeeze the tea bag!  Squeezing the tea bag will put bitter tannins into the cup–yuck! And who wants to burn their fingers while trying to enjoy a comforting mug of tea, right?!

Now that you’ve brewed a beautiful cup of tea, feel free to get creative! Some Bigelow Tea lovers like to add milk, honey, sugar or a slice of lemon. (Yum!)  Check out the video below featuring Bigelow Tea’s third- generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow to get a step-by-step look at how she brews the perfect cup of tea. Give Cindi’s technique a try and tag #TeaProudly to share your delicious results!

Bigelow Tea Loves This Shout-Out To Hot Tea Month From The North

As you’ve probably guessed, we’re pretty excited about Hot Tea Month here at Bigelow Tea, and we’re not alone! The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada is also celebrating the month of January with a variety of articles and videos about everyone’s favorite beverage. If you can’t get enough of fun tea facts and stories, it’s clearly the perfect month to drink in all this tea amazing-ness. Check it out!

A relaxing start to the New Year.

After all the excitement and drama of 2017, now’s the perfect time to calm things down. And according to a Nielsen survey conducted for the Tea and Herbal Association, tea is the perfect beverage to do the job. “Relaxing” was the top positive health association for tea consumers. We couldn’t agree more. How often do YOU find yourself enjoying a cup to relax? Yup, that’s what we thought.

There is a tea for everyone.

Seriously. There are so many different types of teas – black, green, oolong and herbal. Of course, with dozens of different flavor combinations available within each of those categories, there is definitely a tea flavor (or more than one!) that will make everyone happy. In fact, you could probably try several new Bigelow flavors each week for a year – after all, there are more than 130!

Tea unites us all.

For the past several months, we’ve been encouraging folks to #TeaProudly, a pro-tea revolution of our own. Tea is a perfect excuse to hang out together, share stories and advice, or simply relax together over a warm and soothing cup. People of all ages are enjoying tea, with younger generations really loving it! Yup, 42 % of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea, with 27% of these tea lovers drinking tea exclusively. You can see why it’s only natural that a common love for tea is a perfect way to bring people together.

So, there you have it. Just a few reasons why Hot Tea Month is the best month ever. So, go on, and enjoy a cup… right now! What are you waiting for?!

This Is What Balance Tastes Like…The Bigelow Tea Way

Okay, so when you think of the word balance, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s finding time for you – learning how to balance everything in your life (and within yourself) or attempting to identify more work/life balance. Or, perhaps it’s more literal – “I want to balance my checkbook this weekend!” (said no one ever). Well, whatever the word conjures, guess what – we can do it all with a cup of Bigelow Benefits Balance (Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea). After all, it’s got Balance in its name!

What’s even better, is that this tea was blended with a certain purpose in mind: while finding that inner balance, its hearty cinnamon and blackberry ingredients are so satisfying, you’ll likely want to skip the addition of sweetener and help balance your sugar intake. And, hey, after the most indulgent holiday season ever, we’re cool with that.

It’s all about ingredients you know and tastes you will love, right?! A beautiful (and balanced!) blend of cinnamon, lemongrass, blackberry, fennel, apples and elderberries, each cup of Bigelow Tea Benefits Balance is *totally* delicious. It’s robust and fruity with the perfect amount of spice.

And check this out: some of these ingredients go back thousands of years. Cinnamon was believed to have been first used as a perfuming agent during the embalming process around 2000 BC in Egypt. There is also evidence from the Iron Age Haraldskær Woman that she consumed blackberries some 2500 years ago, so these berries have been a foodie favorite for a long time!

Give this Bigelow Benefits tea a try and brew a pot for some friends or gift a box to someone who needs it. Any way you #TeaProudly is another way more people get to enjoy the incredible power and delicious flavor of tea!