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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!

These Are Some Of The Ways Tea Is Terrific For Your Mind and Body!

 

Did you ever notice how it’s nearly impossible to be stressed and have tea at the same time? Crazy how this simple drink is seriously the perfect pick-me-up for whatever and whenever you need it. Think about it, when was the last time drinking tea made you feel worse for the wear? Totally the opposite, right?

Maybe it has something to do with those little things called flavonoids?

First, what on Earth is a “flavonoid” and why should you care? Well, turns out everyone’s favorite plant, the Camellia Sinensis (where tea leaves come from), contains these lil’ beauties. They are none other than dietary compounds naturally found in plants and are released when the tea leaves come in contact with boiling water according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.

In fact, they say tea releases about 300 mg of flavonoids per 250 ml serving, compared to fruit juice, which only has up to 50 mg per serving. (So you may want to skip the OJ in the morning and go straight for the tea!) Flavonoids, research tells us, are known to have some amazing benefits for the body, thanks to their antioxidant content.  Pretty interesting, right? Here are just some of the cool things tea can do for you:

Tea may do a body good.

Scientists in Australia found that regularly drinking 3 cups of black tea a day may help lower blood pressure, according to Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. Either way, multiple cups of tea daily is surely a tasty way to get through your busy day – hey, no reason not to enjoy a mug morning, noon, and night, right?

Tea helps you take a chill when counting calories.

Tea is totally calorie-free, so you can sit back and relax and not have to worry about calorie counting as you enjoy cup after cup…after cup! Tea is terrific way to stay hydrated while treating yourself!

You’ll have less caffeine, and fewer jitters.

You can still feel a buzz without getting into that crazy caffeinated state that coffee can cause. After all, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee, according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, while still providing that energy boosting feeling that you’re craving.

So the final lesson to be learned here? Turn to tea for a super duper bundle of goodness!

What’s your favorite part about drinking tea? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

2 Recipe Pairings That Will Make Your Autumn Dinner Party Pop!

Fall is here and it’s starting to get a tad chilly outside. Perfect time for a soiree! Pairing Bigelow Tea with a just right meal or dessert brings out amazing flavor combinations that will make your dinner party pop! From savory steamed clams to rich, decadent ice cream, refreshing green tea pairs perfectly with these special recipes…check them out and let us know just how perfect your meal is!  

Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth

Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea is a wonderful, healthy steaming liquid for Littleneck clams. When embellished with garlic and fresh parsley, it also becomes a flavorful broth you’ll want to soak up with some good crusty bread!

Serves 4 as an Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen fresh Littleneck clams
  • 2 cups water
  • Bigelow® c Bags
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped (stems reserved)
  • 2 small cloves garlic, chopped

Instructions

Place the clams in a large bowl of cold, salted water for 30 minutes to remove any sand. Drain and rinse, gently brushing clam shells to remove any grit. In a large, covered pot, heat water to almost a boil. Add tea bags and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags into pot and discard bags. Add the parsley stems into pot with tea. Add garlic to pot and bring to a boil. Add clams, in their shells, cover and continue to boil, allowing the clams to steam open. Once they are opened (approximately 3 minutes), use a large, slotted spoon to remove them and place in a bowl. Discard any clams which do not open. Using a mesh colander, strain the steaming liquid into the bowl with the clams. Chop parsley leaves, and toss over the clams. Serve immediately with crusty bread for dipping.

Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

A delicate flavor translates into a nice refreshing ice cream. Let Bigelow’s Green Tea with Peach add that light flavor of peaches to this ice cream.

Chilling Time 4-6 Hours; Freezing time 25-30 Minutes

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
  • ¾ cup (180mL) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
  • 20 Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Instructions

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Fall in Love With Bigelow Tea Fall Favorites!

Hello, fall! It’s been too long and you’ve been missed terribly. From sweater weather to falling leaves, this season is a classic! And with the first day of autumn, you know what that means… all the reasons to cozy up by a fire and drink a cup of Bigelow Tea! Go classic with a mug of “Constant Comment®” or savor the flavor of leaves falling with the Bigelow seasonal selections. You can’t go wrong!

Apples, apples, everywhere!

If you’re a fan of the apple-y goodness of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider Herbal tea. With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this blend is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip all season (and, really, all year!) long. Other natural ingredients like orange peel, licorice root and cloves give it a nice spiciness that balances out the sweet and tangy apple flavor. And the aroma … it’s quintessential autumn. As it brews you’ll be taken right to the orchard! And, since Apple Cider is an herbal blend, it is naturally caffeine free, so you can enjoy it at any time of day.

Pumpkin spice everything!

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

 

Salted caramel deliciousness.

A little bit sweet. A little bit salty. A lot creamy, dreamy and delish! Smooth and succulent caramel is hard to resist! Bigelow Tea has taken that rich, buttery flavor and blended it into a combination of sweet and salty for Salted Caramel tea. Hand-picked black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, rose hips and chicory root combine into a beautifully balanced treat for the senses. And, the best part, the flavor brings back candy store nostalgia without the calories. Mmm… yes, please! Add a splash of milk and a little sweetener for a sublime guilt-free indulgence.

Embrace the season with delicious Caramel Apple Tea.

The exciting flavors of buttery rich caramel and sweet tart apples pair perfectly with this bold black tea Caramel Apple tea for a decadent treat unlike any other. So sit back, relax and savor this delight that brings the harvest fair right into your home.

So, go on – get cozy, get tea, get happy. And go on with your #TeaProudly self… because it’s fall, ya’ll!

 

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!

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Should Be In Your Favorite College Student’s Next Care Package

It can be tough to find the right gift for your son or daughter (or friend or loved one!) when they go off to college. They’re probably not going to tell you what they want (ugh, mooom, stop asking!), and you want to surprise them anyway. Bigelow Tea has you covered, though – from the feel-good ingredients of the Benefits line to the classic comfort of “Constant Comment®” or even this awesome limited edition tin of tea, you can make sure the student in your life is stocked up and stoked to open a care package from yours truly.

It could even be the things to break out from few-word texts. We can picture the conversation now…

MOM: Hi, sweetie, how’s college? Are you enjoying your classes? Have you met new friends? I miss you!

STUDENT: It’s good. Miss you, too, mom.

MOM: Roomie situation OK?

STUDENT: Going fine.

(…a few minutes later…)

MOM: Did you get that package I sent you?

STUDENT: OMG! Yes! I meant to thank you for all the tea. The Earl Grey got me through studying for my first exam the other day, which I think I aced. And my roommate loves the Caramel Chai – she asked if you could send her a box because we’re almost out already!! We’ve had a couple of nights to chill so the tea was awesome… and guess what?  I am drinking the tea right now!!!  Thanks again SO much. Love you!

Yup. Just like that. Well, maybe not exactly like that, but we have a feeling your favorite college student will definitely enjoy the warm thoughts – and warm tea. Send a care package today (like this Tea & Herb Assortment or this Everyday Wellness Gift Box)… it’s guaranteed to make them smile. Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your ultimate Bigelow-filled care package!

Bigelow Tea Honors National Day Of Service And Remembrance

You don’t need an excuse to help others and make a difference in your community, but the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a wonderful reason to volunteer – especially as you pay tribute to and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. As a family-owned company with long-standing roots in our community, Bigelow Tea takes pride in the work our employees do year-round to assist organizations, those in need and great causes. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

Passing on sustainable practices to future generations.

“Inspired by the results of the composting program here at Bigelow Tea, our family also included composting into our weekly schedule at home. We have been separating out most of the kitchen waste, tea bags (a lot of those) and paper towels, etc. since the summer of 2013. Now that my children are older, the do-it yourself-style sand box has been ‘up-cycled’ to ‘organically’ create good soil over time… This is one way our children are learning that maintaining the cycle and balance in nature is possible even in a suburban environment and a small contribution like ours can make a difference.” Gabe K, Fairfield, CT

A source of inspiration.

For more than 18 years, Caroline House has successfully taught immigrant women English (ESL).  Caroline House also provides a free preschool, after-school and summer tutoring to elementary and middle school children, citizenship classes, and life skills classes. Caroline House has recently instituted a Sources of Inspiration Board. These women will serve as a resource for Caroline House students (and all of us!) for inspirational stories to give hope for the future. We are honored to have Janned Serrano as our first Sources of Inspiration Board member. She is Executive Assistant to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, and Community Relations Coordinator.

Janned Serrano’s advice to Caroline House graduates:

  • Surround yourself with English-speaking people.
  • Speak English everywhere, even if it is not perfect.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “what does that mean?”
  • Read books written in English.
  • Take a risk. If someone asks you if you want to do something, say yes, even if you don’t know how.

Helping those in need.

“I was coming to work around 6:30 a.m. [one day] and… there was a soldier in full uniform with all his medals waiting by the side of the road. It was a rainy day and… he needed a ride to Boise. I stopped and offered to give him a ride to his destination. It turns out that he was going to a Wounded Warrior presentation… but his vehicle had a flat tire and he had to go on foot. He (Jim) told me his dilemma about being a forty-year veteran and how hard it is to get a job after being in the military that long; that the money just doesn’t last as long and not having a job does not help either. He told me a story about applying for a security job at a computer company in Boise and that he was told that he did not have enough experience in security to be considered for the position. I dropped him off at his destination, gave him my gratitude for his service and some money… If that is impacting our community in a positive manner, then I do that every day by serving as a leader in my community.” Javier Reyes, Boise, Idaho

Caring about the bees.

“I participated in a worthwhile community event, ‘Bee Night,’ which took place at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Garden located in downtown Charleston. Bee Night was an event hosted by the Bee Cause Project, an organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of honeybees and their wellbeing. They do this by installing beehives in area schools. In 2013, the USDA released a report with concern that the U.S. does not have enough honeybees to pollinate crops, which would impact our nation’s food supply. Along with the many beehives that they have installed in area schools, they have installed an observation beehive at the MUSC Urban garden, a garden whose mission is to build a healthier community by growing crops and educating people with local, nutritious food. This Beehive was unveiled at ‘Bee Night’ and the community was invited to attend the special event. I took several gallons of unsweetened tea to the event. We sweetened the tea at the event with the honey produced by the bees and attendees enjoyed Charleston Tea Plantation tea sweetened with local honey.”  Jane Knight, Charleston, SC

Our community garden which grows fresh vegetables for the local Bridgeport Rescue Mission is another example of giving back as well as the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge which has raised over $1.4 million for local charities since its inception thirty years ago.

A big part of #TeaProudly is being able to share stories and memories which includes efforts make in service to others. Share your stories about something as involved as landscaping or building a house for a family in need, or as simple as brewing a cup of tea and sharing some time with a homebound person in your neighborhood. Regardless, take time to think about what you can do in honor of this day of service. Cheers!

Bigelow Tea’s 30th Annual Community Challenge Is Almost Here!

Get excited, because Bigelow Tea’s Annual Community Challenge is about to turn the BIG 3-0! Running? Check! Walking? Check! Family-friendly fun? Check! Goodie bags and raffle prizes? Check and check! Seriously, this is the place to be on September 24! Plus, 30 is a pretty special milestone – come help Bigelow Tea celebrate this fantastic community event. Here are the details!

The when and the where

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 24, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut! Lace up your running shoes and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive t-shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes.

Totally family-friendly – bring the kids!

The kiddos will love the KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper and 1-mile run, along with Hula Hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. Also, there’s free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! Woohoo!

Don’t forget the after party…

As if a fun run isn’t enough of a party, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites from the post-race food buffet. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

Most importantly, give back!

What’s best about the event is that it’s a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling, to shelter and food. The event raised $150,000 last year, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Okay, I’m in!

Run, don’t walk, to the registration page… it’s going to be tons of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it!

It’s moments like crossing the finish line at the Community Challenge or knowing that you’re contributing to local charities that you can be proud of. And they make great memories to share with friends or family over a cup of tea, whether it’s been a few days or a few decades. This event is definitely worth joining or supporting if you can, and worth raising a cup to no matter what. It’s just one of many reasons we can all #TeaProudly. Hope to see you there!

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!