Our Tea Guide – Part Four
Tuesday, 2 June 2015 | Adam
Our guide to tea and what it can do for you.
It is unlikely that tea will ever cease to be the favourite drink of Great Britain, however the types of tea we consume are changing on a weekly basis. As Britain shifts towards a more positive attitude to health, our choice of teas we enjoy up and down the country is often influenced by the health benefits of the teas themselves.
Whilst most of us can’t get through the day without at least one milky brew, many of us could benefit by switching just one tea a day to a tea with more antioxidants or other health boosting properties.
Flowering tea is different to most other teas as it contains both flowers and different types of tea. It consists of tea leaves enclosed in one or more dried flowers. When the tea is steeped in a glass tea pot the flower expands in a way that replicates a flower in bloom.
Each tea tastes and looks different after the flower unfolds - why not order a couple of different flowering teas to see which one you prefer? The health benefits that are offered depend on the type of tea leaves inside the flower. At The Tea Makers we currently have both green and jasmine infused flowering teas – both of which have great health benefits.
At The Tea Makers we understand the difference going organic can make. That is why we choose to stock a range of organic teas which are all EU certified organic. Whilst we offer many different organic teas with a range of health benefits, the fact that they are organic might even make them a little healthier.
Recent research has shown that when compared with non-organic versions of the same products, organic food found that organic crops contained over 60% more key antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.
The study found that switching to organic fruits, vegetables and cereals would provide around 1 – 2 extra portions worth of antioxidants than their non-organic counter parts. So regardless of which tea is your favourite, switching to an organic version could make all the difference to how they help with your health. Visit our previous parts of our Guide to Tea to learn more about what each individual tea can do for you.
Darjeeling is often referred to as the champagne of teas, in particular the limited edition first flush tea. Darjeeling first flush signifies a new season of spring tea and the new buds are known for their floral aroma and fruity smell.
Like all black teas the tea is rolled then oxidised or fermented before it is ready to use – this process means the tea leaves are still rich in bioactive compounds. All teas contain high numbers of antioxidants – especially Darjeeling which is fermented rather than oxidised.
The high numbers of theoflavins and thearubigins help to neutralise potentially harmful chemicals and free radicals – which are known after time to raise your risk of chronic illness. Switching one of you milky brews for a black Darjeeling could help prevent future health problems!
This is our final instalment in our Guide to Tea, but keep following our blog for more information about how tea can aid your health, delicious tea inspired recipes and gift guides for loved ones.