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Bigelow Tea Adds More Green To Spring Up Our Garmugia Recipe

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Bigelow Tea’s love for greens (which in this case includes not only tea but vegetables too!) is shared with this different take on Garmugia, a spring vegetable soup, featuring Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon as a zesty ingredient.

While Bigelow Tea, a family-run, third-generation company, has been in business for over 70 years, this traditional Italian dish has a longer history dating  back to the 16th or 17th century and is traced to the Tuscan city of Lucca where the soup was made with the vegetables harvested in the spring. Historically Garmugia included a medley of vegetables, bits of meat, and pieces of bread blended and slow cooked to perfection. Our version is very similar except the chef can find the ingredients in the grocery store and it can be ready to eat much faster, thankfully.  And we think our addition of Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon will make it even more enjoyable than the 17th century version!

Turn up the green this spring – give this recipe a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment here or by writing a review here. We hope it makes your next dinner gathering or comfort food at home simply delish!

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Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

40 Minutes, Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon Tea Bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh Italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper

Croutons:

  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; sauté until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.

Tea Study: Bigelow Tea Learns That Last Year’s Tea Market Review Shows Industry Growth

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For 70-plus years the Bigelow Tea family has kept their eye on all tea-related news and today is no different!  2015 was a wonderful year for the U.S. tea industry as seen below where we share the findings from a ‘State of the U.S. Tea Industry 2015 Market Review  by the U.S. Tea Association:

  • More people are drinking tea! This growth extends to all ages – from Millennials to Baby Boomers – who are filling up their tea cups.
  • Specialty teas are growing in popularity with an 8-10 percent rise in sales last year. And who’s especially savoring these flavors? Millennials! They seek teas with unique flavors as well as blends that ethnically or culturally reflect their family’s origin. Our new line steep by Bigelow in addition to 130 Bigelow tea flavors would definitely appeal to these tea drinkers.  Check out Instagrammer jlep76’s selections.
  • In the global market, the United States is now the third largest tea importer, behind Russia and Pakistan. Plus we’re the only Western country to grow in both importing and consuming our favorite drink!

Happy tea drinking!

Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Lift is a Perfect Pick-Me-Up

bigelow tea lemonlift cupLike peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, tea and lemon are a classic pairing. So it’s really no surprise that Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift is such a fan favorite. In this distinctive blend of black tea, however, you don’t just taste lemon notes—your taste buds have the opportunity to flirt with the spices that the Bigelow family has added to round out the cup for a product unlike any other. Now that’s quality flavor!

As if you need more proof, Pat Benatar—ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female rock vocalist of all time, winner of four consecutive Grammy Awards, and creative genius bigelow tea lemon lift boxbehind timeless hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”—is a fan of Lemon Lift, too! Pat has been known to request the tart and refreshing blend before performances.

Take this stellar advice from Bigelow Tea: When life gives you lemons, slice them up and add them to a cuppa tea. It can make your day any time, which is why Lemon Lift is the perfect afternoon treat for @angelic_abbie. Pucker up and enjoy!

 

Start off Spring Right with Bigelow Tea and a Clean ‘Green’ Sweep

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Every spring ushers in a fresh start which inspires us to clean up both inside and out! At Bigelow Tea, it’s also about being ‘green’! As part of the company’s 70+ year legacy, the Bigelow family uses eco-friendly measures to keep the facilities clean — and encourages fellow tea drinkers to do the same at their homes! Here are some tips:

o   Use green cleaning products instead of ones that traditionally include harsh chemicals. Or make your own with ingredients like vinegar, castile soap, and baking soda to tackle just about any surface.

o   Instead of spraying chemical air fresheners or room deodorizers, create your own scent featuring lemon or cinnamon.

o   Use houseplants to help clear the air which also add a little nature indoors.

Speaking of plants, the Bigelow family has also been busy tending to the new Camellia Sinensis plant growth at the Bigelow owned Charleston Tea Plantation. For your garden, consider these suggestions:

o   Clear out drainage areas so that spring showers will have adequate runoff. Additional touch up can involve early weeding, removing dead foliage off of ornamental plants, and raking the lawn. Plus, these removals can become compost (which Bigelow happily promotes doing!).

o   Along with having native plants, consider companion planting where certain plant pairings support each other’s growth and vitality.

o   Avoid using pesticides and fertilizers that can do more harm that good in your garden. Look for organic fertilizers and natural treatments, plus consider methods that attract “good” bugs and pollinators like hummingbirds.bigelow tea earl grey green tea

And finally, why not add more green to your spring cleaning routine with a new or different type of Bigelow Green Tea? Instagrammer @blackbettybgb loves our Jasmine Green Tea, but varieties like Green Tea with Mango and Earl Grey Green are also wonderful!

Let Bigelow know how you’re greening up your spring cleaning and what tea you are sipping along the way.

Top image by Counse Broders via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Celebrates All Things Green On St. Patrick’s Day

bigelow tea decaf green teaThis St. Patrick’s Day, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things green and it starts with tea! Kick off the top o’ the morning by brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea Green Tea – from Classic Green Tea to Green Tea with Peach, Bigelow Tea has a variety of flavors for you to choose from. And brewing great green tea doesn’t require the luck of the Irish — be sure to bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring it over the tea bag for a perfect cuppa!

So, what makes green tea so green (aside from getting into the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day)? Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, the source of all tea leaves. In the case of green tea, though, the leaves are immediately steamed or pan fried to avoid any oxidization. The result is a more delicate tea with lower caffeine content and higher polyphenols that make them popular with the health-conscious.

Why limit yourself to only drinking a great cup of green tea today? You can also prepare a delicious meal enhanced by the flavor of Bigelow Green Tea. For instance, check out the recipe below for Green Tea Ramen Soup; a bit of pasta and a bag of green tea will make your very own pot of gold. Or finish off your meal with Green Tea Cupcakes. Might we recommend decorating with a shamrock or two? However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect time to make a tip of the hat to the subtle and surprising green tea!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

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Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

*A package of fresh, vacuumed sealed soba stir-fry noodles  (usually found in the Asian food aisle) works great, but refrigerated fresh noodles work, as well.

Bigelow Tea Combines Beloved Family Recipe With Green Tea For A Special Tea Blend

bigelow tea constant comment mugbigelow tea constant comment green teaBigelow Tea wouldn’t be America’s favorite specialty tea company if Ruth Campbell Bigelow hadn’t created “Constant Comment” in her kitchen back in 1945. To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe known only by the Bigelow family. Its popularity inspired the Bigelows to add “Constant Comment Green” into the green tea line combining the delicate brew of green tea with our original flavor.

The combination was a natural fit.

Green Tea is another best-selling tea at Bigelow and which has a smooth, delicate flavor profile partnered with what researchers say are countless health benefits. Now add sweet spices and orange rind and you have an instant classic with “Constant Comment Green”! Facebook fan Katey Maus says it’s her favorite!

Next time you’re placing an order at Bigelowtea.com, go ahead and add “Constant Comment Green” to your cart. Your taste buds will thank you!

Spice Up Your Tea Time With Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai

bigelow tea vanilla chai black teaArtful blending of hand-picked black tea and exotic spices with just the right amount of vanilla is the secret to a Bigelow Tea masterpiece: Vanilla Chai Tea where the distinctively delicious flavor and heady aroma of Vanilla Chai can be enjoyed using the single-serving K-Cups, as well as our tea bags. This flavor is one of four varieties offered in the Bigelow Tea K-Cup line.

vanilla chai bigelow teaFor the uninitiated, Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea is a great choice when you crave a rich, soul-satisfying treat. It’s the ideal afternoon pick-me-up or dessert alternative to tame your sweet tooth in the evening. Chai itself is a beloved beverage in India, where it has a long and fascinating history. The milky tea beverage westerners refer to as chai is actually known as “masala chai” or “spiced tea” in India. Masala chai recipes abound in that country and vary by region, but commonly used spices include cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorn, nutmeg and cloves.

Milk and sweetener are essential ingredients in traditional masala chai to balance the spicy notes in the tea. Adding a touch of both to Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai Tea brings out the vanilla for a superb flavor sensation. Sweet and spicy all at the same time! However you prefer it – brewed from a tea bag or a K-Cup – Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea is sure to add spice to your life! As @AshlyFahlstrom tweeted, it is “The. Best.”

Bigelow Tea With A Push Of A Button

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These days everyone is busy, busy, busy. But when you do have a few minutes to relax, it’s nice to enjoy a mug of Bigelow Tea at a moment’s notice. And while boiling water isn’t the most harrowing task, there’s an even easier way when you have one of those moments: Bigelow Tea K-Cup pods.

In case you didn’t know, Bigelow Tea has the same delicious teas you love packaged in K-Cup pods for use in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. Just load the pod, place your mug underneath, and push to brew. Voila—delicious Bigelow Tea made to order!

And the best news is that, each Bigelow Tea K-Cup pod holds the same quality ingredients you have come to expect from the Bigelow family. The Lemon Ginger K-Cups are filled with zesty ingredients that appeal to the taste palette and the nose, including lemongrass, lemon peel, cinnamon, ginger and lemon verbena. And the Earl Grey K-Cups hold aromatic bergamot and bold handpicked black tea—no surprises here, simply premium ingredients that take Bigelow Tea flavors from beyond good to great!

That’s what the Bigelow family insists upon: A promise of smooth taste, consistent flavor and exceptional aroma. From classics like Green Tea and English Breakfast, to seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Spice, there’s a wide assortment of Bigelow Teas available to brew with your Keurig K-Cup brewer. So the next time you think you don’t have time for a cuppa, remember that a hot cup of your favorite blend can be ready in seconds.

 

Bigelow Tea Focuses On Ingredients: Lemon

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For over 70 years the Bigelow Family has handcrafted tea blends, focusing on quality and flavor to deliver a consistent cup of delicious tea. As a third generation family-owned company Bigelow Tea 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 blends, 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. 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 on 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!

 

Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold and flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Chamomile? Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating Green Tea with Mint? Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and may aid your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.”

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.