Tea 101-3

Tea 101-3

Christmas is nearly here and we are bringing you part three of our Tea 101 series. This time we are looking at some of the most popular traditional teas. Each of these delicious beverages is unique in its own way and its common use and possible medicinal qualities. Pu’erh itself is thought to aid in weight loss and promote a healthy heart. While English Breakfast has natural antioxidants it may also help slow aging and improve memory. White Peony has been used for centuries to aid in digestion and fertility issues. Let's look into these savory traditional tea in some more depth!

English Breakfast —While this blend has many varieties the majority of English Breakfast teas find their origins in Kenya, Ceylon and Assam. Most often, English Breakfast is described as a full-bodied, robust and rich tea. This bold flavor is intended to mix well with milk, sugar and a hearty traditional breakfast. This tea has enough caffeine content to power you through your morning but doesn’t leave you with the jitters as coffee can, making this tea one of the most popular in the world for breakfast.

Pu’erh —Originating in the Yunnan province of China and named after the town it was developed in, Pu’erh is a traditional black tea that has undergone post-fermentation. Post-fermentation is the process by which the leaves of the tea go through microbial fermentation. This process allows the teas to darken and change in flavor, improving with age like a fine wine.

White Peony —Also known as Bai Mu Dan or Pai Mu Tan, White Peony is one of the more popular white teas. White Peony most often has a clear bright apricot color, with a natural lightly floral fragrance with a little bit of variance depending on the variety. White Peony white tea has a flavor which is very refreshing and earthy flavors with highlights of a subtly sweet and smooth floral notes. It should be noted that there are no actual peonies within the tea, however it still does have a nice floral finish.

Healthy Eats: Easy Beef Stroganoff


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 8 ounces fresh sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • ½ tablespoon Renovation Tea: Grilling Herbs
  • 8 ounces egg noodles for serving
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Add beef to a hot large nonstick skillet, over medium to high heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper, Renovation Tea: Grilling Herbs, and thyme.
  2. Cook until browned and no longer has any pink.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, draining any excess fat.
  4. Reducing the heat to a swimmer use the same skillet, add the butter.
  5. When the butter is completely melted, add the onions and saute for about 2 minutes minutes.
  6. Once the onions become translucent add the garlic and cook for about a minute allowing the mixture to become fragrant.
  7. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Add half the broth while stirring.
  10. Once broth is incorporated add the remaining broth, the Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  11. Return the ground beef to the skillet, mix thoroughly coating the beef with they mushroom gravy. Bring to a boil.
  12. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions.
  13. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 6 minutes.
  14. Next add the sour cream and simmer on low heat for about 2 - 3 minutes.
  15. Remove from the heat. Adjust salt and pepper to taste
  16. Serve over hot egg noodles and garnish with the chopped parsley (optional).
  17. Enjoy!

**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.