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All The Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Harvest Teas

It’s crisp outside, the trees are losing their leaves and the only thing on everyone’s mind is this: cold nights, warm socks, cozy blankets and a cup of Bigelow Tea. Hoping to stay festive? Look no further than the flavors of the harvest. From September to December, autumn brings a bounty of delicious produce like pumpkins and apples. And if you love those things, then guess what? Bigelow has just the selection of teas for you to enjoy.

It’s always pumpkin time.

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like harvest bliss.

 

Apple everything.

When we think of this time of year, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and apple teas like Apple Cider herbal tea and our newest flavor Caramel Apple tea! Want to make the most of a crisp fall day (or just want to feel autumn-y)? A cup of tea will do!

Spicy cinnamon = the best.

Warm up from your toes to your nose with a cup of Hot Cinnamon tea. Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in this spicy blend. Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) – it worth getting cozy over!

Oooohy-gooey caramel.

As if you needed one more thing to sweeten your season, here it is… 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. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Show your love for the harvest with a cup of tea—the cornucopia of choices makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of this time of year and all that it means to be grateful for good things in the world. Talk about soothing the soul, right?! Tag #TeaProudly and show us how you enjoy your fave flavor!

Ready…Set… Pumpkin!

With crisp in the air coming soon and the hint of turning leaves signals the return of two of fall’s most anticipated traditions… pumpkin mania and time to enjoy Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea!

A total standout in this season of everything pumpkin, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea combines tasty flakes of real pumpkin, warm, delicate spices and hearty black tea to create a flavorful hint of holidays to come.  Often trending as a #TeaProudly fan flavor favorite, Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea’s taste and smell is literally cozy pumpkin pie – minus the calories and resulting guilt! So delicious any time of day, as an all-natural ( did we mention the pumpkin flakes, cinnamon and nutmeg?) pick-me-up that’s good for you too.

But all this pumpkin talk begs the question, why the national obsession with this much beloved titian-tinged gourd that is actually a fruit?  While there is no one answer to why people crave pumpkin spice flavor so much, theories abound including that it is a welcome signal to the start of a new season, it recalls the tastes and smells of holiday memories and even that the combo of  pumpkin, spice and sugar may be downright addictive.  Whatever the reason the reason for a passion for pumpkin, the craze continues strong.  According to Nielson Data, pumpkin spice flavoring is a $361 million dollar market and between 2011 and 2015, sales of pumpkin spiced food grew 79% in the US… 79%!  The  Bigelow Tea family got the pumpkin vibe right in tea form, that’s for sure!

Luckily, there is plenty of pumpkin to be enjoyed throughout this pumpkin season, or any other time of year, with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Enjoy hot, cold or even added to favorite pumpkin recipes. Tell us about your pumpkin dreams and tag #TeaProudly!

This Is Why Fall Is Better With Apples & Bigelow Tea

One of America’s favorite fruits, the apple doesn’t fall far from Bigelow Tea! Whether your favorite is sweet, tart or somewhere in between, nothing beats the crisp and delicious crunch of a ripe apple. They’re so well-liked, more than 2,500 varieties of this quintessential American fruit are grown in the United States. A member of the rose family, apples are packed with fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins C and B-6, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. (Wow!) Apples are amazing in so many ways. They also contain malic acid, which cleanses the palate and freshens the mouth after eating.

Speaking of apple facts, did you know that it takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider, but only a few ounces of hot water to make a comforting and delicious cup of Bigelow’s Apple Cider Herbal Tea or Caramel Apple Tea? The taste of crisp and tangy apples meets sweet spices in this seasonal favorite, and wait—there’s more! Bigelow Tea fans rejoice—this rich and comforting all-natural herbal blend is hitting the shelves for Fall so grab a box while you can!

And check this out, did you know that Bigelow apple tea blends are made with sweet, scrumptious real apple pieces? Naturally caffeine-free and bursting with apple flavor, Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea’stantalizing aroma is reminiscent of a warm slice of mom’s homemade apple pie. Mmmmmmmmmm yum!

@ItsJustDyaa tweeted about another Bigelow apple tea, “if you love me, buy me some Cranberry Apple Bigelow tea.” Couldn’t agree more! Rich and robust, the crisp tartness of this crimson herbal tea comes from cranberry and hibiscus which balances well with the sweet-fruit notes of apple.

A versatile and healthy fruit that pairs well with almost anything, cool fall days which are coming soon are a perfect time to put on your favorite cozy sweater and sip on a flavorful Bigelow Tea. Tag #TeaProudly and tell us how you enjoy Bigelow’s delectable apple tea blends!

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Seasonal Teas This November

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As we head into November’s thankful season, we’re beyond grateful for time with our family and friends! And all tea drinkers know the only way to make company and conversation even more enjoyable is over a cup of tea, Bigelow Tea actually!

This month, cozy up to one (or all three) of Bigelow’s seasonal flavors.

If your favorite part of the season is pumpkin spice (and whose isn’t?), look no further than a cup of Pumpkin Spice tea to revel in a flavorful calorie-free treat that makes teatime a cause for celebration. The hearty blend of black tea, delicate harvest spices and pumpkin flavors is filled with the rich, inviting flavors of freshly baked pumpkin pie!

And the goodness of seasonal flavors doesn’t stop there.  Enjoy Apple Cider herbal tea where the taste of crisp and tangy apples mingles with sweet spices in an all natural, caffeine-freebrew. The medley of favorite seasonal flavors is a warming treat for cool autumn days! Or, endulge in a yummy cup of Salted Caramel. A little sweet, a little salty… A cup of this blend of black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, is a surefire way to warm up inside and out. Keep calm and caramel on, friends.

We couldn’t be prouder of these autumn-inspired teas, rich in tantalizing spices and comforting flavors. We hope you’ll take some time this fall to enrich visits with family and friends over a hot mug of Bigelow tea. #TeaProudly and enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Brings The Flavors of Fall To The Table

bigelow-tea-seasonal-tea-recipesHere at Bigelow Tea, autumn is a much-adored season. What’s not to love about cozy, cuddly sweaters worn on crisp New England days, strolling through vibrantly-colored leaves in every shade of russet and auburn, and of course—the season’s bounty of flavors! To us, Fall means biting into a big juicy apple, savoring a home baked pie, and warming up with hearty meals featuring all the season’s tastiest root vegetables, such as squash and pumpkin. We are thrilled to offer so many fall-themed flavors in our tea repertoire. As well as being a delight to sip, autumn-inspired teas are truly tasty when incorporated into recipes. We wanted to share this menu for a complete harvest-themed dinner that brings in all the savory flavors of the season and celebrates this wonderful time of year.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Toast to fall fun with the luscious taste of pomegranate. This deliciously tangy fruit is at its peak during the fall harvest and makes a fabulous flavor for a fall cocktail.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and blend well. Refrigerate until cold. For one drink: Pour 2 ounces of the cooled sweetened tea, 1 ounce vodka, 1 teaspoon lime juice and ½ ounce Triple Sec into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into serving glass.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

Enjoy this succulent yet hearty dish that features the festive zest of spiced apples.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups (975mL) boiling water, divided
  • 1 box Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 2 ½ lb. (1kg) pork loin roast
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Apple Garnish:
  • 4 large firm cooking apples, peeled and cut into slices
  • (example: Fuji, Granny Smith, Cortland)
  • 1 cup (250mL) reserved (from above) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) brown sugar

Instructions

Boil water and add 20 Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal tea bags. Let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove bags by squeezing well and discard. Make slits in the roast and insert garlic slices. Combine 2 ½ cups (625mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea with olive oil, bay leaves and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, add pork roast and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Refrigerate 1 cup (250mL) reserved Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea for Apple Garnish. When ready to roast pork, preheat over to 350ºF (180ºC). Remove meat from marinade, place meat in roasting pan and put into oven and roast for approximately 60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside and thermometer reads 160ºF (71ºC). Meanwhile, prepare apple garnish by combining reserved 1 cup (250mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea and brown sugar, place in large skillet, add apple slices and cook on medium heat until liquid has reduced and apple is tender and flavored with tea. Serve slices of pork with apple garnish.

Mashed Acorn Squash with Apple Cider Herb Tea

Squash is in abundance during autumn—take advantage of it at its peak in this tasty side dish.

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Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 4 lbs. acorn squash (about 4 medium or 2 large), cut in half and seeds removed
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º and place oven rack on middle setting. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the acorn squash cut-side down on the pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until flesh is soft. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, combine hot water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and discard. Set aside. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the acorn squash and place in large bowl. Mash with a fork. Add ½ cup of the tea, brown sugar, butter and salt, and stir to combine, making sure the liquid is absorbed. Add more tea (1 tablespoon at a time) if the puree is too stiff. Check seasonings, and add more salt if necessary. Serve hot.

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

Looking for a luscious end to a festive meal? This warming and filling dessert is the ultimate comfort food treat.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • Bigelow Salted Carmel Tea Bags
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • Pinch Of Salt
  • 8 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk, More If Needed
  • Dash Of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • Caramel Sauce

Instructions

Steep your 2 bags of Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea in the 2 cups of water.
In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the rice, tea steeped water, milk, cream, butter, and salt. Bring it to a gentle boil, then cover the pot, reduce it to low, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice during this stage.
Remove the pot from the stove and add the sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon.
Return to low heat for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Remove the pot from the stove and slowly drizzle in the beaten egg, stirring constantly.
Serve immediately in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little store bought caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt to really put it over the top.
We want to know: What is your favorite way to celebrate fall? Share it here!

Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party

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Are you looking for the perfect excuse to host a gathering? Just grab your favorite Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors and let’s get to the party planning! After all, with the air getting cooler and the days getting shorter—now’s the perfect time to host a fall-themed tea party!

Select the date, the time, the location and the details

Figure out the who, where, what and when. Begin a guest list and decide if you want to go formal or casual—your invitations will need to reflect whichever approach you choose. To us, anytime is a good time for a tea party, but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan things around the time you select.

Invite your guests

Once you finalize your guest list, send out your invitations. Are you keeping it cozy with a small number or guests? Or do you want to fill the room? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food and tea for everyone—favorite flavors go fast—and try to get invitations out at least two weeks in advance.bigelow-tea-seasonal-teas

Decide on your menu

Select the teas you want to serve and make a list of the different baked goods, appetizers and finger sandwiches to make. In keeping with the autumn theme, our go-to flavors are Pumpkin SpiceSalted Caramel and Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea. It’s ideal to have a variety, so plan to include a few classics, too, like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey, or a robust Darjeeling.

Make sure you have everything you’ll need

Here’s the Bigelow Tea party checklist. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.

  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils

We’d also recommend a fall-themed centerpiece—simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray, and add several fallen leaves or pinecones at the base of the candles. Pile a pedestal bowl high with mini pumpkins, cranberries or other fall fruits. Float single grocery store flowers in glass votive candleholders, or purchase a bouquet of burnt orange, golden yellow and deep red flowers.

And with that, you have all the essentials and accessories you need to host a tea party worthy of the awesomeness of autumn. Soak in the crisp air, revel in the changing leaves (if you have some nearby!), enjoy a shared pot (or two) of tea, and celebrate the season with your favorite people.

Fall For Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea This October

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October brings cooler weather, cozy sweaters, crisp leaves, mugs of Bigelow Tea and pumpkins! We’re excited that it’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

The pumpkin packs some powerful and healthy perks: A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Pumpkins are also rich in beta-carotene—the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange—which the body converts into a form of vitamin A. They are also good sources of vitamin B, potassium, fiber, protein and iron.

Not only are they nutrient-dense, pumpkins are rich in history! Pumpkins are native to Central America and Mexico, but now grow on six continents worldwide. Other fun facts about pumpkins:

  • As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year.
  • The record for the world’s heaviest pumpkin was broken September 30, 2012, at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts. Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island, entered a pumpkin weighing 2,009 pounds.
  • According to the History Channel, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Back then, however, jack-o’-lanterns were made out of turnips or potatoes; it wasn’t until Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered the pumpkin that the ritual we know today was born.
  • Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers.
  • And the greatest thing about the pumpkin? It tastes delicious in our Pumpkin Spice Tea!

Bigelow’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea blended with delicate spices and pumpkin flavors —just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie. The savory, well-rounded taste makes this blend a tea for all seasons. So raise a cup to the pumpkin, a gourd we can all adore!

Celebrate Spring With Seasonal Recipes From Bigelow Tea

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Now that flowers are blooming and days are getting warmer, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the flavors of spring with delicious recipes from Bigelow Tea.

Add a little bit of spring sunshine to your meals by featuring aromatic flowers and fruity choices from Bigelow Tea as an epicurean theme. With over 120 flavors of specialty tea with the finest ingredients to choose from, there are countless ways to make dinner delicious. Lemon is one option that is great for springtime, and Bigelow Tea uses zesty yet sweet lemon that is grown with only the highest of standards.  Impress guests with this uplifting flavor by making Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze as a deliciously light main course.

Spring flowers are a feast for the eyes, and Jasmine Green Tea captures the joy of fresh blooms in every sip. Enjoy this fragrant experience at dinnertime with  Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits.

No festive meal is complete without a luscious dessert. A thick slice of I Love Lemon® Quick Bread is a refreshing way to end the meal, along with a cup of your favorite flavor of Bigelow Tea to sip!

Did you enjoy these recipes? Let us know what you think!

Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze

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Ingredients

  • Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • Butter
  • 4 catfish or other flat whitefish fillets, blotted dry
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup flavored bread crumbs

Instructions

Pour ½ cup boiling water over Lemon Lift® tea bags and steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags; squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. In a small bowl combine tea with mayonnaise and minced shallots. Mix until blended. Heat oven to 375º. Lightly butter a shallow heat-proof pan. Lay the fillets in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Spread the tea/mayonnaise mixture over the fillets. Cover with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes until fish is opaque and the top golden brown. Serve immediately.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 4 qt water
  • Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

I Love Lemon® Quick Bread

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1-½ cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
  • ½ tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 4″ x 9″ loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture; stir after each addition. Add lemon rind and stir until well blended. Pour batter into saucepan. Sprinkle poppy seeds evenly on top. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Let Bigelow Tea Know: Where Is Your Favorite Place To Sip Tea During The Year?

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Spring, summer, fall, and winter… the Bigelow Tea family knows each season provides a special reason for pouring that perfect cup or glass of tea. Of course, it could be argued that any time of the year is great for sipping on your favorite Bigelow Tea type. Yet, if a choice must be made, let’s consider these four scenarios: would it involve cooling off with a glass of iced tea on a warm summer day or perhaps savoring green tea indoors on a rainy spring day? Sitting by the fire with a mug of hot black tea on a cold winter’s night sounds appealing like Instagrammer @mrsjensclark’s steaming cup of Bigelow’s French Vanilla. So does brewing a seasonal flavor while watching the autumn leaves come down off their trees!

Each season certainly offers the opportunity to sip your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor. Let Bigelow Tea know when and where you’re mostly likely to be found enjoying a cup by completing the survey below: