Peach Paradise Tea

Let’s continue with our iced tea series and look at another very popular peach paradise tisane here at Local Tea Company. The same format is used to break down the featured ingredients.   I hope you will appreciate the delicious blend of flavors and the health benefits provided with Peach Paradise.

I hope you will enjoy finding out these details and stories.

PEACH PARADISE

A beautiful all-natural fruit blended Tisane or fruit infusion made from peach and apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, elderberries, rosehip peel, passion fruit, and sunflower.

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Peach

(Prunus persica)
This tree is native to China but grown in the Mediterranean states as well as the USA.  The three largest producers are California, South Carolina, and Georgia. The peach blossoms are highly prized in Chinese culture, and the fruit is symbolic of long life.  Due to its delicious taste and soft texture in ancient China, ‘peach’ was also slang for ‘young bride.’   It has remained in many cultures a way to define pretty young women, peachy or peachy keen.  Low in calories and a good source of healthy carbohydrates, the peach contains important nutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids (good for eye health).

Apple

(Malus domestica)
Containing anti-oxidants, flavonoids, and pectin, a natural fiber, Apples are the richest source.  Recently, Apples have 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 pigment flavonoids that help fight disease.

The term ‘The Big Apple’ was coined by the touring jazz musicians of the 1930s.  They used the slang expression ‘apple’ for any town or city; therefore, playing New York City was to play the big time.

Citrus Peel

(C. medica)
The peel of citrus fruit is bitter and not very appetizing when raw.  But, adds great taste and health benefits when dried and added to tea. The citrus peel contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, and powerful antioxidants.  It belongs to a group of plant chemicals called flavonoids, which can lower LDL cholesterol levels.

Hibiscus Petals

(Hibiscus sabdariffa)
A member of the mallow family, Hibiscus, brings a sweet mellow taste and harmony to this blend. Hibiscus is very popular to blend with other fruits and flowers because of the beautiful color of the infused sepals. It has a cooling effect on the body.  Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C, also with calcium, niacin, riboflavin, and iron. In Folklore medicine, Hibiscus is said to reduce cholesterol and act as a mild diuretic.

Rose Hip Peel

(Rosa canina)
From the Wild Dog Rose, which takes its name from its earliest use as a remedy for bites from ‘mad’ or ‘wild’ dogs.  Estimated to be more than 10,000 cultivated roses, the medicinal species are natives of Europe.  Rose hips are reddish-colored coverings that grow around the real fruits for protection, and for this reason, they are often called “false fruits.” The nutrient value is as rich.  Their color enhances the function of everything from your skin to your innermost being, containing an array of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.

Prepare Peach Paradise using one teaspoon per 8 oz of water.  Fruit tisanes release quite a lot of flavor, so experiment until you find your personal preference.  Use boiling water and an infusion time of up to 12 minutes.  Infuse the peach paradise tea longer for more depth of flavor and color.  Add the spent bits to yogurt for a bit of flavor and texture.

Try blending with our Nilgiri black tea for delicious iced tea. Don’t forget if you are placing over ice, increasing the amount of tea, or reducing the amount of water.  Add a slice of succulent peach to finish and enjoy your peach paradise!

Cheers,
the TeaLady

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