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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!

Checkin Your Stress At The Front Door…As Long As Bigelow Tea Is Stocked In Your Kitchen!

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It’s 2017 and time for a change so please check all stress at the front door pronto! Ugh, easier said than done, right? Well, one thing we do know is that a nice, warm mug of tea always helps….that’s certainly our go-to (as you can already guess J). And, hey, we also found that some foods may even help reduce our crazy anxiety and help refuel for, well, life. After all, we all need the right fuel (tea and healthy food) to conquer tomorrow and the next day and the next.

So to start with the destressing, drink green tea! Green tea contains L-theanine, a free (nonprotein) amino acid. According to research, L-theanine produces a sense of relaxation by directly stimulating the production of alpha brain waves. In basic terms: a cup of green tea may be just the antidote to those pull-out-your-hair crazy days. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?!

In addition to sipping tea throughout the day, here are some foods that may also help combat stress: spinach, oatmeal, carrots, walnuts, and chocolate (!) to name a few. Luckily we have some awesome recipes that will help to pull those superfoods right into your next meal, which is awesome for so many tea drinkers who like to recover from mental exhaustion and anxiety through the ritual of cooking (while drinking tea, of course!). Let’s be real: tea + food = soothing, calming and deliciously perfect….a true #TeaProudly moment (or many!).  Enjoy these #TeaProudly recipes!

Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette

bigelow tea recipe saladIngredients

4 cups (1000mL) baby spinach leaves washed and dried (about 10 oz.)
1 – 8oz. (250mL) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 – 8oz. (250mL) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained

Optional Ingredients

2 medium-sized red apples, cubed (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
5 large ripe strawberries, cut up
1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
Tomato, cut up
4-5 pieces bacon, well cooked, drained and crumbled

Instructions

Combine baby spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use any or all of the optional ingredients. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Dress salad with any one of our delicious Bigelow® Tea Vinaigrette Dressing. Recipes for these dressing can be found in the Salad and Side Dish Category.

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

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Ingredients

1 cup (8 oz.) Brewed Charleston Tea Plantation Cinnamon Spice Tea or Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea
1/2 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oats
Sugar or other desired sweetener

Instructions

Pour hot Cinnamon Spice Tea or Cinnamon Stick Tea into bowl. Add oats. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste with sugar or other sweetener of choice.

Orange & Spice Pureed Carrots

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Ingredients

2 pounds (1kg) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
12 Bigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) milk
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted
Ground pepper and salt to taste
5 shallots, peeled
1 ½ cups (375mL) vegetable oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) butter

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to ensure that all items are gluten free.

Instructions

Prepare the carrots. Add 8 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags to 4 cups(1L) of boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover carrots with tea and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, infuse milk by heating with 4 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Drain carrots and puree in a food processor and add melted butter and infused milk. The carrots should be very smooth. Place in a casserole and garnish if desired with crispy shallots. To make the garnish – slice shallots into very thin rings. In a saucepan heat oil with butter over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, add shallots and cook until they are a rich golden brown; about 30-40 minutes. Stir shallots occasionally while they are cooking to make sure they brown evenly. Remove shallots from oil, drain. Once the shallots have dried and are crisped, they can be stored for several days. Serve shallots on top of carrots.

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

bigelow tea pomegranate saladIngredients

2 cups boiling water
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
1 cup quinoa (try ‘red quinoa’ if you can find it, but any variety will work perfectly)
½ cup dried tart cherries (opt for pitted)
½ cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds, roughly chopped (You can substitute for walnuts or cashews)
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine boiling water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of teabags and discard teabags. Place tea in a medium saucepan with quinoa. Bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes). Stir occasionally. Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and fluff with a fork. Add cherries, almonds, and parsley and stir to combine. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

bigelow tea brownie recipeIngredients

Bigelow® Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
½ cup water
1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9 x 13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Bigelow Peppermint Teas + Holidays? Yes!

bigelow-tea-peppermint-herbal-teaIt’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Hello, December! This season was made for all things cozy and warm, and a cup of Bigelow Tea is no exception. Don’t get us wrong — like you, we like to drink tea all year ‘round, but there’s something extra special about cuddling up by a fire or with a blanket, and a mug of tea. And what goes better with the cold weather outside than the cool and crisp flavor of Peppermint? (Though, we suggest enjoying that flavor inside, where it’s warm…)bigelow-tea-peppermin-bark-seasonal-tea

We love the versatility of peppermint. It’s clean and invigorating, and we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint in a variety of our flavors, such as Peppermint Herbal TeaSweet Dreams® and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. In fact, few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic minty-fresh scent! And when we say everyone, we mean all the way back to ancient times: dried peppermint leaves are said to have been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dated back to 1,000 BC. Whoa, kind of like history’s first air freshener…

Since then, peppermint has also been recognized for its medicinal properties — research indicates that it may aid in digestion, and may help to ease abdominal pain and nausea, alleviate hay fever symptoms, enhance memory and increase alertness, and clear your respiratory tract. As if you needed another reason to drink a cup beyond how delicious it tastes, right?

Whether you’re looking for a wake-up call in the morning with our Green Tea with Mint, or a soothing retreat before bed with some Mint Medley or Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea, it’s no wonder that mint is one of our most wildly-loved ingredients. Give it a try – who knows, maybe (just, maybe!) you’ll find your comfort and joy in a cup.

Don’t forget to share your coziest peppermint moments by tagging #TeaProudly on your favorite social media channel or come over to www.teaproudly.com and share with us there.  Either way, let’s share a mug or two together!

Let’s Open Some Bigelow Tea Fan Mail!


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For 70 years, Bigelow Tea has heard feedback from tea drinkers around the world. And throughout that time, hearing from you—our fantastic fans—has been a highlight of our day. We’ve heard about family traditions and the part that Bigelow Tea plays, and have read about your favorite flavors (and not-so-favorite flavors, sometimes!) and recipes. As the times and technology have shifted from letters and envelopes to emails and website reviews, what hasn’t changed is the love for Bigelow tea.

Judy in Seattle said that “Constant Comment®” is the “only tea for me!” She began drinking the flavor when she was 4 years old and her mom would take her to visit a family friend. Judy shared that she would drink it every day after school, and to this day, she’s continued the tradition after work and many times a day on the weekends. She said, “Tea time has been a ritual in my life that has given me great comfort and I have passed it on with my own family. I have tried hundreds of teas in many countries always looking for another tea that I liked as much as ‘Constant Comment’ and I have never found one that compares. Thank you so much for the amazing blend of tea, citrus and spices. It is absolutely perfect!”

bigelow tea mint medleyOn the other coast in Tallahassee, Georgianna loves Mint Medley. She said that she drinks it every day at work. “It makes me feel warm and cozy at my desk!”

 

 

bigelow tea green tea with lemonAnd Jen in Kansas City wrote that her go-to flavor is Green Tea with Lemon. She even credits the tea with helping her break her diet soda habit. “This tea is so light and refreshing with a perfect pop of lemon flavor. It is wonderful hot, but I especially love it over ice for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up.”

 

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Fran from Fairview Park loves Perfect Peach in the evenings, and thinks it tastes like a warm peach pie in a cup. “The back note of spice is perfect, and with a little milk and a little sugar, it’s like a relaxing 14-calorie piece of pie. Delicious!”

 

 

Mornings, afternoons and evenings—whatever the time—Bigelow Tea is a great choice. Do you have a favorite story or memory with Bigelow Tea? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Bigelow Tea Understands the Healing Power of Mint

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Many of us associate mint with fresh breath or long, thirst-quenching summer drinks.  (With or without that extra “kick”)  At Bigelow Tea, we’ve crafted refreshing mint libations for each category – it’s all a matter of taste!

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Mint Medley Mojito

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Constant Comment® and Plantation Mint® Iced Tea

For centuries, this sweet-smelling herb has been used in recipes around the world, notably in cultural cuisines throughout Europe, the Middle East and India. Mint (“Mentha) with its soothing flavor and cooling after-sensation, is renowned for its curative properties; healing/relieving common maladies like migraines or headaches, digestive problems, nasal and chest congestion, and stress. Its active ingredient, menthol, soothes the digestive system with its anesthetic qualities – which numb the gastric mucous membrane and stimulate proper digestion.  Additionally, mint has an antioxidant called perillyl alcohol, believed to contribute to the prevention of cancer – notably, colon, lung and skin cancer.

A hardy, fast-growing and “user-friendly” perennial herb, mint has many varieties. The most popular are spearmint and peppermint and apple or orange mint. Grow a family of mint in your garden and you will enjoy the fragrant aromas and the little violet or purple-white flowers that bloom like mad during growing season!

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There are so many ways to savor mint – the best, of course, is to brew one of Bigelow Tea’s varieties of mint tea! If you have a green thumb, cut some of your own mint leaves and then pour hot (not boiling) water over the mint, cover (to keep the mint oils from evaporating) and then steep.  Or, simply relax and sip a cup of Bigelow’s select mint herbal tea – like Mint Medley®, Green Tea with Mint, or Chamomile Mint.  Tastes great and it’s healthy, too! That’s a win-win, don’t you think!

Mint Medley® Tabouleh Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Olives

There is nothing like the taste of mint…try this great recipe, no matter what the weather, it would be delicious served warm or cold!

Mint Medley® Tabouleh Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Olives

Ingredients:
6 Bigelow Mint Medley Herb Tea Bags*
3/4 cups Bulgur Wheat (Tabouleh)
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 large tomato, split and cut into 1/4 inch dice
1/2 cucumber, peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch dice
3/4 – 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, about 4 ounces
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup chopped pitted Greek olives
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Plenty of freshly ground black pepper

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Pour the Bulgur wheat into a bowl. In a glass measuring cup, pour one cup of boiling water over the tea bags and steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove the bags to a small strainer and using the back of the spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the cup. If needed, add additional boiling water to measure 1 cup, then pour it over the Buglur wheat. Let it stand until all the liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the finshed tabouleh (Bulgur wheat) in a salad bowl. Add the tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, scallions, mint and olives, turning to mix well. Pour in the olive oil; add salt and pepper and toss again. Taste to adjust the seasonings, if neccessary. Serve over a bed of lettuce leaves.

*Other suggested Bigelow Teas could be used are Green Tea With Mint, Plantation Mint, Chamomile Mint, Sweet Dreams or Peppermint teas.

For more great recipes and entertaining ideas, visit our website at http://www.bigelowtea.com/entertaining/recipes/

The Cat who loves Bigelow Tea!

Spooky The Cat

This is Spooky the cat drinking Bigelow Mint Medley tea.  Spooky is now 11 years old and in very good health, probably from the tea says her owner. When she smells it she comes running to the kitchen just hoping to get some for herself. Then she rolls around on the floor all happy and content.

 

Here’s Spooky hanging out at home in Coconut Creek Florida just waiting for more Bigelow Tea.

Audrey, proud owner and Bigelow Tea Drinker