We are back with Part 2 of Tea 101! We hope you are finding this series informative as you explore the world of tea. To start us off let's take a moment to talk about Camellia Sinensis. Camellia Sinensis is the bases for all true teas in the world. Native to East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent this is the shrub whose leaves and leaf buds that gives birth to what we know of as black tea or green tea. In the tea world teas that are not made with Camellia Sinensis are called herbal infusions rather than ‘tea’. With that let’s dive right in with this week’s teas!
Oolong Tea — Originating in China and Taiwan, Oolong is a traditional partially oxidized tea. Being neither a black or green tea, Oolong is a category of its own due to the unique processing techniques used on the leaves. It’s processed under the sun where the leaves wither and begins oxidizing before further processing. The qualities of this tea can vary widely depending on the processor and region it comes from. Though Oolong has its origins in China and Taiwan it is today processed in India, Sri Lanka, Japan and many others. Due to the variation of oxidation, Oolong varies in body and appearance.
Earl Grey —Perhaps one of the most recognized teas in the world Earl Grey is the quintessential British tea. Typically Earl Grey is a black tea that has been flavored with the rind oils of the bergamot orange. Because of this Earl Grey falls in the category of flavored teas. These are teas that have had flavors added from spices, oils, fruits or flowers to the black tea to create a more complex flavor. While this classic was popularized by the English, it was actually invented by the Chinese who had long experimented with flavoring tea. Earl Grey is a bouquet of flavor, a full-bodied black tea combined with the floral and citrus notes of the bergamot.
Rooibos—This herbal infusions was born only a scant 300 years ago, this tea is a newcomer on the tea stage. Rooibos isn’t a true ‘tea’ because it is not from the Camellia Sinensis family but an herb that when brewed creates a red-brown herbal tea. Today Rooibos is still largely cultivated in South Africa where it has been used for generations as a general herbal remedy for everything from insomnia to colic in infants.
Healthy Eats: Mini Frittatas
- 2 Cups broccoli florets
- 3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- 8 large eggs
- ¼ whole milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ teaspoon Renovation Tea: Italian 5 Spice Blend
- 1 tablespoon oil or butter
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with oil or butter.
- Divide broccoli and bacon evenly among muffin cups.
- Crack eggs into a large bowl. Add milk, Renovation Tea: Italian 5 Spice Blend, salt and pepper to taste; stir with a whisk until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the muffin cups, dividing evenly.
- Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350°F for 18 minutes or until just set.
- Let cool on a wire rack for 2 to 3 minutes before carefully removing the frittatas from the cups with a butter knife.
**Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Renovation Tea does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Renovation Tea are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.