Healthy Holidays: Tie up your tea with a big red bow
During Chinese New Year, which is coming up on February 10, children traditionally serve their elders cups of tea. The kids receive smaller cups in return, and everybody drinks to good health and new beginnings.
It's easy to put off thinking about resolutions until after the turkey is gobbled, the cookies munched and the champagne guzzled, but as you select your holiday gifts this year think back to that lovely Chinese ceremony. A bag of tea is a way to show love, respect and blessings—and it certainly makes for a healthy start come January 1!
The Teahouse offers more than 100 different teas from China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka and Santa Fe, where our original flavored teas are blended. One of our new traditions this year is to spotlight two of our teas each month. Our featured December brews, or any of our gourmet teas, would be a great stocking surprise.
Pomegranate Dragonfruit has been the most popular drink on our menu lately, which earned it a slot as our Green Tea of the Month. The brew offers a taste explosion of sour cherries and sweet pineapple, with a hint of lemongrass for a smooth finish.
Drinking more green tea is a great New Year's resolution, especially as we enter the height of flu season. Green (and black) tea plants produce organic compounds that defend them against infections, and the benefits are passed to us through their leaves.
Studies have shown that the abundant catechins in green tea, especially ECGC, help prevent the flu virus from replicating in our throats as we sip. Tea leaves' tannins, polyphenols and phytochemicals also fight flu and cold viruses and help strengthen the immune system.
Our Black Tea of the Month is called Margaret's Hope Darjeeling, and it comes paired with a poignant story. The leaves are from the Margaret's Hope tea garden in India, which was owned by a British fellow named Mr. Bagdon in the 1930's.
When Bagdon took his two daughters on a voyage to India to see the plantation, his younger daughter Margaret fell in love with the garden. She hoped to return one day, but got sick and passed away on the return journey to England. Mr. Bagdon named the place in her memory.
Margaret's Hope is a sparkling, fully-aromatic tea from the beginning of the second flush period, which is the June to mid-August growing season in Darjeeling, India. Second flush tea has a dark amber color and very strong flavor, so make sure not to steep it for too long.
Come by The Teahouse any time this week and give the gift of health and happiness with a purchase of a pound or more of any of our gourmet teas. We'll be spreading holiday cheer right up until Christmas Eve, when we're hosting a bonfire as part of the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. If you start to get chilly, visit us for some hot chocolate—just don't wait until then to get your gift tea!