You'll discover, Blueberry Green Tea has a wonderfully sweet character with a pleasing astringency. Green Pekoe Gunpowder from the Uva region of Sri Lanka, blended with blueberries, produces a very satisfying brew.
A woman named Elizabeth Jane Astly, who lived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, way back in the late 1800's, penned an ode to the small sweet fruit. The final stanza reads as follows:
"And there's the pleasure without word,
The thrill of the heart no word can fit,
When the mouth takes in a blueberry pearl
And the tongue can copy the stain of it."
Indeed, the blueberry is a delicious and nutritious treat. The taste of fresh blueberries is intense with a slight astringency, a trait common to most dark berries. And ironically, since science in the 1800's was unable to prove it, blueberries are in fact good for the heart due to their high levels of antioxidants. In fact research by the USDA indicates that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity compared to 40 other fruits. This fact combined with their fresh flavor make blueberries an excellent tea additive.
Green Gunpowder Tea is produced by forgoing the fermentation process required to produce black tea. Instead, the leaves are steamed as soon as they are plucked and then hand-rolled into small round pellets. Once immersed in water, these pellets gracefully open to reveal a full leaf. Gunpowder teas typically have a dark coppery green color, and produce a pale yellowy green infusion, with a smooth, slightly smoky cup with a sweetish finish. The tea is highly receptive to the addition of our natural flavorings and produces a very satisfying brew. Make yourself a pot today and enjoy a cup of this exceptionally refreshing tea! Incidentally, this is one tea that goes well over ice.
How to Prepare:
Use 2 teaspoons per 16 to 24oz pot.
Use Hot (180º - 190ºF.) water.
Steep for 5 to 7 Minutes.
Caffeine: 20 mg / 8 oz cup.