Mote Beach Tea
“Why beach tea?” we are asked when serving this delightful fruit infusion.
A quick sniff and a small sample of this tea will whisk you away to an exotic beach on a deserted island. Dreams of dolphins, manatee, and other tropical delights will soon follow. This is a tea you would definitely want to be stranded with on your imaginary beach paradise.
It is impossible to resist a tea with such wonderful dried fruits and flowers. Ingredients include pineapple, coconut, rosehips, and hibiscus blended with natural flavors of those fruits. There is no true tea, so Mote Beach Tea is caffeine-free, especially nice after dinner or before bed, and can be a “sweet tooth” substitute for dessert.
As we have done with our other fruit tisanes, let’s look in more detail at the ingredients of Mote Beach Tea.
(Cocus mucifera) A tropical fruit rich in protein and very rich in the taste department! I absolutely love all things coconut. The ‘tree of life’ in its various forms delivers lots of healthy fats and fiber. I found that coconut has all the benefits of other dietary fibers: –
It lowers the risk of heart disease, helps prevent cancer, improves digestive function, and helps regulate blood sugar. Coconut has 4 times the amount of fiber compared to oat bran. New research shows that coconut fats are absorbed directly by the liver.
(Ananas cosmosus) This ‘fruit of many blessings,’ good health, good fortune, and longevity. Pineapple tastes wonderful and has some outstanding health benefits. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps digest proteins, Vitamins C and B, and many essential daily minerals. The sugars in pineapple are easily digested, the fiber content is high, and your immune system will receive a boost in protecting you from illnesses. Pineapple also has anti-inflammatory properties.
(Malus domestica) Not quite as exotic as our first 2 ingredients. Never the less, Apple is an exceptional fruit that we perhaps take for granted due to the continuous abundance of choices year-round in our grocery store.
Apple contains anti-oxidants, flavonoids, and pectin. Pectin is a natural fiber (apples being the richest source) that has recently been shown to act against bad cholesterol, decrease colon cancer chances, and reduce high blood pressure. Quercetin, which is primarily found in Apples (and Black tea!), belongs to a group of plant pigments called flavonoids that help fight disease.
The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” still holds.
(Rosa canina) The beautiful hip is the fruit of the Wild Dog Rose and takes its name from its earliest use to remedy bites from ‘mad’ or ‘wild’ dogs.
There are more than 10,000 species of cultivated roses. However, the medicinal species are natives of Europe. The hips are the reddish colored coverings that grow around the real fruits for protection. For instance, this is the reason they are often called “false fruits.” The nutrient value is as rich as their color. Rose hips enhance the function of everything from your skin to your innermost being. After that, they contain an array of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
(Hibiscus sabdariffa) If you have been following our blogs, by now, you will have become very familiar with this little gem, which is used as an enhancer in many teas now. If you have missed our previous descriptions of this healthy and colorful addition, check out Sabdariffa Spritzer.
Also, you can receive benefits in other ways. After brewing Mote Beach Tea, why not just add the steeped fruit to your morning cereal, yogurt, or smoothie for more exotic goodness!
Mote Beach Tea was created to celebrate and honor the work conducted at Mote Marine Laboratory. The tea is sold in distinctive, resealable blue bags to maintain freshness. On the back of each packet is an overview of the mission of Mote Marine Laboratory.
Mote is one of the treasures of Sarasota. This tea is a crowd-pleaser at our tea tent at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. Kids love it, though parents often enjoy it even more.
We launched this tea at the Night of Fish, Fun & Fright at Mote. Come this year, Friday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 9 pm.
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