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Mote Beach Tea

Mote Beach Tea

“Why Mote 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.

Fruit Tea

Mote Beach Tea

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.

Coconut

(Cocus muciferaA 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.

Pineapple

(Ananas cosmosusThis ‘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.

Apple

(Malus domesticaNot 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.

Rose Hip

(Rosa caninaThe 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 Blossoms

(Hibiscus sabdariffaIf 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 Marine Laboratory

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.

Cheers,
the TeaLady

The Gift of Tea

The Gift of Tea

At Local Tea Company, we have a great selection of tea to suit many different tastes. Some of our holiday favorites are listed at the end of this post with links to our online shop. Whatever your gift choice, I believe there are many extraordinary reasons to be excited about both giving and receiving TEA

  • The anticipation of opening the packet and discovering the appearance of the leaf,
  • Inhaling the special aroma that loose tea releases,
  • Watching the magic of leaves dancing in the pot,
  • The delicious color and flavor in the cup,
  • Sitting down, letting go of all the stress in your body (which we seem to create in great quantities, especially at this time of the year!),
  • And finally, Life is too short to drink bad tea.

Gift Tea

Making tea is an act to be shared with someone special, presented to a group of friends, or enjoyed completely alone. I cannot think of any other item that is so simple, yet so complex, cost-effective, and enjoyable. You are also giving the gift of health and well being to your loved ones.  Here is a post with 5 Things to Remember when Gifting Tea.

If you have no tea lovers in your life, then give yourself the gift of tea. YOU deserve it!

Holiday Teas

Some of our holiday favorites include Chocolate Honeybush, Organic Red Berries, and Cochin Masala Chai. For a more relaxing tea, perfect for evenings, there is Organic Honeybush. Also, check out the “Celebrate Sarasota” gift deal, 4 herbal teas inspired by Local Treasures: Selby Gardens, Van Wezel, Ringling Museum, and Siesta Key Beach.

On behalf of all at Local Tea Company, I would like to wish all our tea followers a Very Merry Christmas and a TEArrific New Year. We appreciate your business and hope you continue to enjoy our teas in 2010.

No matter where you are or what you are planning to do during this special season, please make time to drink some tea and feel the benefits. I drink to you and yours.

Cheers and all the best to everyone.

Tea Lady

Celebrating Sarasota

Celebrating Sarasota

We completed our collection of teas celebrating the crown jewels of Sarasota. Check out our Celebrating Sarasota Collection of Teas. The line up includes Selby Select, Mable’s Rose Rooibos Tea, Mote Beach Tea, and Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea. >> We have since replaced the Mote with Siesta Tea.

All four teas are naturally caffeine-free, packed in distinctively colored resealable bags to maximize freshness, and most importantly, they are DELICIOUS.  Here is a post about Five Reasons you will Love Rooibos Tea.

Celebrating Sarasota

Here are the details, along with slogans.  We laughed at writing them.  The overall idea is – Sarasota, That’s My Cuppa Tea.

Selby Gardens

Selby Select – Juicy orange peels and yogurt pieces blended with rooibos for a dreamsicle finish. Created to honor Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a tropical oasis of orchids and other epiphytes. “Selby Select, because you can’t steep an orchid.”

Ringling Museum

Mable’s Rose Rooibos Tea – Rose petals and cherry blossoms infused in rooibos bursting with flavor. Mable Ringling created her beloved rose garden before starting on Ca d’Zan, the one of a kind estate at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  We pay tribute with this tea to this mysterious woman. “Mable’s Rose Rooibos Tea, if you liked John’s house, you’ll love Mable’s tea.”

Mote Aquarium

Mote Beach Tea – an exotic mix of fruits and herbs including rosehips, apple, hibiscus, pineapple, and coconut for a tropical infusion. Created in honor of the research conducted at the Mote Marine Laboratory. “Mote Beach Tea, so delicious you’ll be jumping with our dolphins.”

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea – a rooibos with red and black currants for an amethyst inspired brew. This season marks the 40th year of fabulous performances at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, our gem by the bay. “Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea is one hot act that’s also great iced.”

At Local Tea Company, our motto is ‘Sip Locally.’  We are committed to three core principles; promoting local businesses, protecting local environments, and celebrating local treasures.  In conclusion, visit Local Coffee + Tea at Siesta Key Village, Selby Gardens, and every Saturday at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Sarasota.

Support your local treasures and celebrate Sarasota, one cup at a time.

md