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3 Delectable Ingredients You’ll Find in Bigelow Tea


Tea has captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. 82 percent of Americans drink tea–that’s more than 158 million people who consider tea a favorite beverage!  (ahhh-mazing!)

So what makes tea so extraordinary? As Bigelow Tea lovers know, an awesome cup of tea starts with quality ingredients! For three generations, the Bigelow family has been proudly blending premium handpicked teas sourced from high-elevation gardens and herbs from the world’s finest family farms. These valued partnerships with growers and processors help Bigelow Tea create a selection of more than 140 delightful flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas. Here are a few of the ingredients that make them so special:

Lemon Peel 

The perfect blend of sweet and tart, lemon peel is an essential ingredient in 23 Bigelow Tea flavors. The lemon peel used in Lemon LiftI Love Lemon and other Bigelow Tea recipes is grown in the Central Valley of California. This longtime supplier of 30 years uses state-of-the-art processes to grow, harvest, juice and zest some of the world’s finest lemons, and practically no part of this precious fruit goes to waste. (hip-hip, hooray!)

Mint

Bigelow tea uses 100 percent American-grown mint cultivated in the northwest corner of the United States. This multi-generational family company shares the Bigelow family’s passion for quality ingredients, and a loyal relationship began in the early 1960s when Bigelow Tea set out to develop a tea with the oh-so-clean, refreshing taste of spearmint. Today, a father-and-son team meticulously harvests acres of spearmint two times each year. This tasty spearmint is then masterfully mingled into several yummy Bigelow mint tea blends.

Bergamot

Berga-what? Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit with a green color similar to a lime. In the early 1970’s, the Bigelow family wanted to blend rich black teas with the perfect bergamot to launch a world-class Earl Grey Tea. They began working with family-owned bergamot orchards in Calabria, Italy, where the most exquisite, smooth oil of bergamot is produced. Today, these third-generation bergamot farms are still dedicated to expertly growing fruit without the use of pesticides. The processing of this early fruit requires impeccable timing. The oil extracted from fruit that’s picked during the first 6-8 weeks delivers the superior flavor characteristics and lively citrus qualities that give Bigelow Earl Grey Tea its velvety smooth flavor. (Delish!)

The next time you sip your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor, check out the ingredients on the box and tag #TeaProudly to show the love!

Make Mine a Mint! – The Story Behind Bigelow Mint Medley’s Famous, Fresh Taste

Let’s talk mint! A revitalizing, prized herb which has been used for ages in every civilization for its medicinal and culinary properties, mint is the bold star of one of the most refreshing sips to savor, Bigelow Tea’s Mint Medley.

Definitely a #TeaProudly favorites, Mint Medley has a bit of history of its own to boast.

It all started down at the (mint) farm… In the early 1960’s, the Bigelow family set out to develop a revitalizing mint tea.  In addition to being a flavor tradition in many countries, mint tea has been said to have a calming effect on digestion, be a great antidote for cough and congestion and is a non-caffeine revitalizer for an anytime pick me up.

To find top quality mint, the Bigelow family visited farms throughout the Northwest, where the rainy, chill climate is ideal for growing the multi-variety herb.  In fact, the Northwest region even once led the world in mint farming and mint oil production.

Finally in Oregon, the Bigelow family met its mint match – the family farmers and multi-generational growers that have been growing mint crops specifically for Bigelow Tea for over 50 years. In addition to a shared love of mint, the families found their philosophy to produce the best possible product for their customers aligned perfectly, a commitment and business model which has persevered since.

Today, the father and son farming team that provide Bigelow Tea with its tasty and thrilling mint taste only harvest the fragrant and potent little leaves twice a year.  The result – unparalleled superior quality, cleanliness in processing and tea connoisseur worthy “crop to cup” traceability. Bigelow Tea and its mint farmers proudly contend no mint is purer, no mint tea more flavorful that Bigelow’s Mint Medley. So next time you’re thinking tea, make it a mint… enjoy some today!

This is Why Bigelow Caramel Teas are Perfect for Fall

As the leaves start changing and fall gets into full swing, Bigelow Tea lovers everywhere look forward to sipping on delectable, decadent Bigelow caramel teas. The main ingredients in caramel are surprisingly simple: milk, sugar and butter. But when does caramel become caramel? The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 170 °C (340 °F). As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds that create a characteristic rich caramel color and flavor. (wow, the science of food is amazing!)

A variety of desserts and confections are made with caramel, and all of Bigelow Tea’s scrumptious seasonal caramel tea blends feature real pieces of caramel. (yum!) An all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt, the sweet and salty flavor of Salted Caramel tea is a perfect after-dinner (or anytime!) treat. Velvety smooth Vanilla Caramel tea features robust black tea blended with rich caramel and creamy, oh-so-luscious vanilla. Add a little milk and sweetener, and you’ve got a decadent delight! (yum!)

Tasty caramel and exotic chai spices are carefully mixed with mountain-grown hand-picked black tea to create heavenly Caramel Chai  Black Tea. One sip and you’ll see why caramel and chai are a perfect union of rich spices and buttery caramel.

And our newest treat, Bigelow Caramel Apple Tea is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without getting sticky fingers! This tasty tea is the embodiment of fall flavors–rich caramel and sweet-tart apples pair perfectly with bold black tea to create a party of caramel apple flavors!

@mrspandalee writes on Instagram: “Drinking my new Bigelow Caramel Apple tea in my new #HalloweenCat cup my amazing husband got me!” You go, mrspandalee…..after all, October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day! (yay!)

C’mon, who doesn’t love the rich, creamy taste of caramel? (right?!) Give Bigelow Tea’s yummy caramel tea blends a try, and tag #TeaProudly to share your favorites!

Happiness Is Honey (And Bigelow Tea!)

 

Oh, hey, honey. You’ve been around for a really long time, and guess what? You are totally loved. Not just by Bigelow Tea, but all over the world! And to all those honey lovers out there, here are just a few reasons why honey is the best – and no, it’s not just because September is National Honey Month!

For starters, honey is ancient… in the best of ways, of course! Honey production flourished in ancient Spain, Greece, Sicily and India, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. However, cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, and there are fossils of honey bees that date back about 150 million years! Wow! A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and may offer a quick energy boost.

But, to become the honey we all know and love, did you know how much work goes into a jar of honey? To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. And, on average, a honey bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life. To put that into perspective, two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.

Honey in general is a golden color, yet not all types are alike. The color and flavor can depend on where the honeybees get their nectar. Honey can have a lighter hue and a mild taste or be darker with a stronger flavor. In fact, according to the National Honey Board, there are more than 300 types of honey available in the United States, from flower sources ranging from alfalfa to tupelo!

Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. In the past few years, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where Bigelow Tea’s headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So, we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf and even planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to the day (and cup!), so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. It could be easy to take for granted, but we’d sure miss it if it ever ran out! Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea (it’s awesome!), or try a cup of Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey before turning in for the night, and let’s show those bees how much they’re loved. Because without them, we wouldn’t have honey.

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is All About National Organic Harvest Month

September is here and you know what that means… there’s no better time to dig into all things organic – like the steep by Bigelow line of craft teas. Why? Well, for starters, it’s Organic Harvest Month. And, it’s fall, which means produce is plentiful. Finally – and most importantly – it means drinking delicious and fabulous and yummy tea, so why not?!

From Organic Green Tea and Rooibos Hibiscus Herbal Tea to Oolong and Jasmine Green Tea and more, Bigelow Tea brims with lots of choices for those who prefer organic teas. But, hang on a sec, let’s first take a moment to address the terms “organic” and “USDA Organic,” which can be confusing.

Oooh, organic, you say?

Organic farming, the practice of growing and processing food without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, dates to the 1940s in the United States. In an effort to bring uniformity to the system, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish standards for organically grown agricultural products (also known as the National Organic Program). The guiding principles of the program include preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and support for animal health and welfare, while prohibiting the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Today’s consumers can be assured that products labeled with the USDA Organic seal meet stringent U.S. organic certification requirements. Look for the stamp on each box of Bigelow organic tea!

Tea joins the party

If you haven’t tried steep by Bigelow teas yet, you really need to get on that – they’re divine. Each of the 13 USDA Certified organic teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining flavors like sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes (just to name a couple).

These premium teas are also non-GMO and gluten free! Engage all the senses – beginning with the creative packaging to the wonderful aromas and fab flavors that follow. Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this line is what we like to call our “microbrew”: rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments.

Check out the awesome flavor choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

So, go ahead – count yourself in! People take pride in going organic, being more natural and being kind to the environment. Mix in a little #TeaProudly and you can be doubly impressive among fellow tea-drinkers. From premium flavors to natural ingredients – you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

5 Reasons to Love Bigelow Green Tea

As one of the most popular drinks in the Far East, green tea goes waaaaay back and has been valued by men and women for centuries (the first #TeaProudly generation for sure!). According to legend, in 2737 BCE, Chinese emperor Shennong was resting under a Camellia tree and boiled some water to drink when dried leaves floated down and infused with the water. Captivated by its fragrance, Shennong took a sip and found it refreshing (we can relate to that refreshing part).

While there’s no way to know if this is the true birth of green tea, millions of people still find its flavor delightful. Green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation, which results in a delicate, ultra-smooth flavor. Bigelow Tea offers a multitude of yummy green tea flavors and as the dog days of summer wind down, green tea can help you beat the heat and stay hydrated. (whew!)

Here are five more good reasons to drink versatile and delicious Bigelow Green Tea:

  1. Looking for a quick afternoon pick-me-up? When that after-lunch food coma hits, the refreshing flavor of Earl Grey Green can give you a little boost (and keep you from falling asleep at your desk!)
  2. Whether you want to cool off after a session at the gym or just chill and kick back with a good book, the cool, clean flavor of Bigelow Green Tea with Mint will make your taste buds sing. (La la la!)
  3. There’s more to green tea than just good taste—not only is it packed with flavor, it’s also is high in polyphenols known as EGCGBigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate as an option adds a delightful tang to a healthy lifestyle. Yay!
  4. A  soothing way to unwind after a hectic week, whisk yourself away to paradise and relax with the delicate aroma of Jasmine flowers in  Bigelow Jasmine Green Tea (ahhhhhhhhhhh).
  5. Believe it or not, the bright, grassy notes of green tea pair well with the delicate flavors of fish and shellfish, too! Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze recipe is a lusciously light dish that’s ideal for a tasty late summer lunch or dinner. Yum!

Hot or cold, the remarkable flavor and versatility of green tea is undeniable! Add some zing to the last days of summer (or year-round!) and experiment with your own fabulous tea flavor combinations. Share your favorites with the world and tag #TeaProudly!

This Is Why You Should Start Your Day With A Mug of Bigelow Earl Grey

A true classic, Earl Grey is a tea fit for a queen (more on that later). Ask anyone. A cup of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey tea will make your day. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes – thanks to the finest bergamot oil sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. Wait, you may ask, what’s so special about this bergamot oil?

The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor – just like the Bigelow family.

So, about that queen? Yes, the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth starts her morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea. In fact, this cheeky writer even spent a week eating – and drinking – like the queen. And, well, suffice to say, she enjoyed quite a few mugs of Earl Grey. Who can complain about that?!

Another fan of Earl Grey? Bob. Who’s Bob, you may wonder? Just the coolest guy ever who also happened to be president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor. And, hey, there’s even a fun – and entirely impromptu – moment on camera where he tells us why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. Wow! As he emphatically explains in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot. Tag #TeaProudly if you agree!

Go Wild With Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai Herbal Tea

Sweet and tart, sweetheart. That’s how best to describe a cup of Bigelow Tea’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Yup, acai. But how the heck do you even pronounce it? Easy. AH-sigh-EE. “Ahhh…..” (like the sound you let out when you’ve had a really long day and just got a minute to sit down and watch Netflix); “sigh,” (like what you do when you realize you ran out of tea); and “Eeeee” (like the “Wheeee – without the “W” part – you make when you’re on a roller coaster). See? Simple.

But what exactly is acai? And why does it pair so well with blueberry? And why will you absolutely love it if you don’t already? Funny you should ask…

Deep in the Amazon

Açaí is a delicious black-purple berry that resembles a large grape and grows on tall, slender palm trees in the Amazon, where it has been consumed in the form of a pulp (purée) for centuries. So, yeah, it goes pretty far back.

Here and there and everywhere

Acai has become pretty trendy these days. Look anywhere online or in popular juice bars or cafes, and you’ll see gorgeous acai bowls or smoothies. However, in different parts of the world – take Brazil for example – acai is also used as a sauce for fish dishes. Looking for a more savory recipe? Try this Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette. It’s great on a bed of greens or grilled chicken.

Oh, hi, blueberry and acas.

Acai is one of the ingredients in Bigelow’s Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea. Along for the ride – err, in the bag – are real blueberry pieces, rose hips, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, apple, cinnamon and orange peel. Talk about a fruit bouquet. Mmm… Yes, please! Try a cup (hot or iced, both are nice!) and see just why it’s a fan favorite.

Have you tried Wild Blueberry with Acai yet? Love it? Tag #TeaProudly and share what you thought!

This Is Why Honey And Bigelow Tea Are Worth Buzzing About

It’s sweet, it’s natural, and it’s one honey of an ingredient – especially in your mug of Bigelow Tea. There’s a lot to be said about honey, from its origins to its uses. Yeah, it’s easy to go on and on about it, but let’s be sweet and just share a handful so you can get back to your day. Here are a few reasons being a honey fanatic is a great way to bee:

Bee classic. Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. Wow!

Bee unique. A lot of work goes into each jar of honey. To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. And, on average, On average, a honey bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life. To put that into perspective, two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.

Bee healthy. A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey – particularly in its raw form – offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and can offer a quick energy boost.

Bee sustainable. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. In the past few years, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where Bigelow Tea’s headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So, we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf and even planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Bee sweet. Honey adds a little sweetness to the day (and cup!), so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. It could be easy to take for granted, but we’d sure miss it if it ever ran out!  Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night.

Bottom line: If a bee is buzzing by you, don’t panic. Just relax (maybe with a nice cup of tea) and assume that it’ll likely go about its business. And lucky for Bigelow – and all of us – those bees are in the business of making honey!

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.