John Greene Webb and his family came to Spanish Point in 1867. On the shores of Little Sarasota Bay, a homestead was established. They planted citrus, sugar cane, and vegetables and built a packing house to prepare their produce for the market.
All of us who enjoy living in beautiful Sarasota owe much to the hardship John and his family must have endured. We can think of no finer way to celebrate early settlers to Sarasota than with an amazing new herbal tea at Local Tea Company. We created Pioneer Tea to celebrate Historic Spanish Point.
Predominantly citrus, Pioneer Tea contains orange and tangerine pieces, blackberry and eucalyptus leaves, lemongrass, beetroot and carrot flakes, apple pieces, and hibiscus flowers. Perfect for our climate and caffeine-free. Pioneer Tea makes a stunning iced tea.
Besides, all you folks who have to brave cold weather for several months can enjoy sipping this tea hot too. (Think of us when you do!)
There are over 600 varieties of Orange (Sweet Orange is Citrus sinensis). Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata) is another variety of citrus, and both are certainly sweet, juicy, and delicious ingredients in this tea. The peel of citrus fruit is bitter and not very appetizing when raw. However, it adds a great taste when dried and added to tea.
Suitable for everyone, oranges are rich in calcium, phosphorous, potassium, citric acid, and beta carotene. Vitamin A they contain gives us healthy skin and mucous membranes!
The other ingredients in Pioneer Tea are all equally as sweet and delicious…if Spanish Point could be a flavor, this is it.
(Rubus fructicosus) Steeped (sorry!) in ancient folklore, the people of Medieval England believed blackberries would protect them from rheumatism, boils, and blackheads! To do so meant creeping under the bush to gather fruit, but only at the right time of the moon! We do not suggest such extreme measures; drink the tea. Blackberry leaves bring flavor and harmony to this lovely tea.
(Eucalyptus globulus, folium being the leaf) A native of Australia, the Eucalyptus tree is used to make the Digeridoo. Eucalyptus is known as the ‘Fever Tree’ because of its antimicrobial and bacteria-fighting properties! The oil from the leaf is pungent and, when taken in tea, is recognized as very effective in de-clogging the nose, fighting throat infections, and washing out the mouth.
(Cymbopogen citratus) Native to tropical climates like Florida, lemongrass lends a lemony taste to our tea and some Vitamin C for added zest. I like to think of Lemongrass as bringing both harmony and aroma. Native to India, Lemongrass is used in Ayurvedic medicine to help relieve coughs and nasal congestion. Another valuable addition to our tea!
(Beta vulgaris) I was delighted to include beetroot in this tea, as it is one of my favorites! Beetroot is full of anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy heart and liver function, is good for blood pressure and cholesterol as well as contains lots of vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, manganese, potassium, and folic acid)
(Daucus carota) Another favorite, the carrot, gets its characteristic bright orange color from beta carotene, which our body can easily assimilate, store and convert to Vitamin A. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that fights damage caused by free radicals that can invade our bodies, causing disease, also helping regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. A bonus benefit is improved hair, skin, and nails!
Historic Spanish Point
I am sure you will agree that this is a delightful lineup of ingredients and perfectly captures Spanish Point and the zest for life, which early pioneers must have possessed in plenty.
Bertha Palmer later acquired Spanish Point. Pioneer Tea is a lovely balance to our Bertha Palmer Centennial Tea, as well as a wonderful addition to our Celebrating Sarasota Collection of Teas. I hope you will take the time to sip all our collections, visit Historic Spanish Point, and celebrate the abundance of treasures we are so lucky to have here in Sarasota!