Good For You Green Tea

From p. 50 of the Feb/March 2008 Issue of Light & Tasty

Hot Spiced Green Tea

Hot Spiced Green Tea

Tea Tips

  • How to test a tea bag for freshness: Remove the tea from one tea bag. Place the empty bag in a cup and pour hot water all over it and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. Take a sip of the water. If it tastes like tea, the flavors have seeped into the bag and it's too old. If the water tastes like water, then your tea is still fresh.
  • To keep loose and bagged teas fresh, store them in a tightly sealed, dark-colored container to protect them from light, moisture and food odors. It's best to store tea in dark, cool, dry cupboards.
  • Brew green teas with thinly sliced ginger and lemon or sprigs of spearmint for bright and fresh flavors.
  • It's easy to make a chai green tea. Simply brew your green tea in hot vanilla soy milk and top it with a dash each of cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and allspice.
  • Asian and Bosc pears are wonderful when poached in green tea with a thin slice of fresh ginger. Drizzle with honey and a sprig of fresh mint before serving.
  • Green tea can be purchased and brewed as a loose-leaf tea or already portioned in tea bags.
  • Store tea in a cool, dark dry place, much like you would store dried herbs.
  • When drinking green tea, remember that it does contain caffeine, although about half as much as regular coffee.